Nintendo Switch Beats the PS2's First-Year Sales in Japan

Nintendo Switch Beats the PS2's First-Year Sales in Japan

Nintendo continues to give a good show at home.

The Nintendo Switch has been on an amazing run for its first year. As a capper to that run, it looks like the console has beaten the PlayStation 2's first-year sales record in Japan. According to Media Create numbers, the Switch has sold just under 3.3 million units from launch until December 24. The PlayStation 2 sold 3 million units within the same time frame according to Famitsu data, from the system's launch in March 4, 2000 to the end of 2000.

Nintendo is aiming to sell 20 million Switch consoles worldwide over the course of the next fiscal year. Nintendo's fiscal year isn't calendar aligned, stretching from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. The news comes from an interview Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima had with the Kyoto Shimbun (translated via WccfTech).

If Nintendo hits its targets this year, the Switch will have sold 37 million units by April 1, 2019. The system sold 2.74 million units within its launch month of March 2017, which was actually in the previous fiscal year. Nintendo has been forecasting 14 million Switches shipped for the current fiscal year, ending on March 31, 2018. The system has already sold 10 million units as of mid-December.

It's also worth noting that if Nintendo hits that 14 million milestone, the Switch will have sold more in its first year than the Wii U has in its entire lifetime.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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