We all know that the Switch is a huge success, selling around 123 million units so far. But how much of a success is it, considering the fact that it’s a hybrid console designed to replace your previous-gen home console and handheld at the same time? Let’s dive into the numbers by comparing Switch sales to previous console/handheld generations:
Gen 8: If you combine the sales of Wii U, 3DS and Vita, you will get close to 106 million. Some may wonder why I am including the Vita in this statistic, well that is because Sony has stopped making handhelds, meaning the Switch has the opportunity to win over the Vita fans. Conclusion: The Switch is a success when compared to Gen 8 consoles (123 million vs 106 million)
Gen 7: Unfortunately, the Switch does not look to good when being compared to this generation. If you combine the sales of Wii, DS and Vita, you will get a whopping 337 million. But then again Gen 7 is literally the best selling console generation in history (mobile gaming was small during this period, so less competition for consoles), therefore no need for Nintendo to be shamed. Conclusion: Switch is disappointing when compared to Gen 7 consoles (123 million vs 337 million)
Gen 6: if you combine the sales of GameCube, GameBoy Advance and DreamCast, you will reach nearly 113 million. I am including the Dreamcast in this number because Sega has left the console hardware business so Nintendo could have won over the Sega fanbase. Conclusion: The Switch is a success when compared to Gen 6 consoles (123 million vs 113 million)
Overall conclusion: Switch is a massive success when compared to most console generations, with Gen 7 being the only point in time where Switch sales would have been low in comparison.
So what is your opinion on this?