While Switch proved to be a big hit in the severely disrupted 2020, production and distribution challenges nonetheless meant some sales were left behind. It seems that 2021, with some improvements in supply levels, was another strong sales year for Nintendo; now there are Japanese sales figures to strengthen this data.
In data collected by Famitsu and shared with GamesIndustry.biz, Switch was comfortably the best-selling console in Japan in 2021 – it’s the calendar, not the fiscal year, so the data is from December 28, 2020 to December 19, 2021. During the period Switch sold around 5.3 million units in retail in Japan, compared to 5.1 million in the previous year – the numbers are largely on par due to differences in dates.
Below is an overview of the broader hardware sales that show Nintendo’s system selling better than any other platform combined.
- Nintendo Switch – 5.3 million devices
- PlayStation 5 – 942,798 devices
- PlayStation 4 – 103,786 units
- Xbox Series X | S – 95,598
- Nintendo 3DS – 28,224
Nintendo’s overall estimate of global sales over current financial year is lower than 2020/21, but the target is still an impressive 24 million units.