Nintendo continues its streak today with the announcement that the Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling home console in the United States. Nintendo knows this because the previous record holder was its own console, the Wii.
The Nintendo Switch has sold 4.8 million units in the United States in 10 months. The Wii had sold around 4 million within the same time period.
"Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime in the press release. "Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond."
The last time Nintendo gave us hard numbers of Switch sales by region was during its six-month sales report in October 2017. At the time, North and South America together held around 40 percent of the system's worldwide shipments, which was 7.63 million in total. Japan was around 26 percent, and everybody else was at 34 percent. We know the Nintendo Switch has sold 3.3 million in Japan. Assuming the rates have held, the Switch has sold roughly 12 million worldwide so far (4.8 million is 40 percent of 12 million, 3,178,100 is 26 percent of 12.2 million).
That's not perfect math, as we lack numbers for South America and we have no clue if sales rates have stayed the same, but it's good enough as a guess. That means Nintendo has to sell 2 million from now until March 31, 2018 to meet its 14 million worldwide forecast.
It's hard to gauge competing systems. The PlayStation 2 had shipped 5.15 million consoles in North America around the same time, but there's no indication how many of those were sold in the United States alone. The PlayStation 4 had sold 10 million worldwide within a similar period, but Sony didn't breakdown the numbers by region.
Regardless, a strong year for Nintendo and now the company has to keep the momentum up in 2018.