Will it be topped by the next-generation consoles this November?
Launched only three years ago, the Nintendo Switch is now 2020’s top-selling console as of September. This is largely due to an increased demand for the handheld console that quickly became popular in light of the recent lockdowns that have been imposed in different countries.
The data, presented by SafeBettingSites.com, showed that the Nintendo Switch sold more than 15.6 million units as of September of this year. The data also showed that it sold 65 percent more than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One combined.
The achievement was also attributed to Nintendo’s growing library of popular and critically-acclaimed exclusives. This includes titles from franchises like Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda.
Trailing behind the Nintendo Switch is Sony’s PlayStation 4 with 7.22 million units sold and in third place is Microsoft’s Xbox One with 2.17 million units sold. Nintendo’s older console the 3DS still managed to sell more 330,000 units.
Additionally, the Nintendo Switch saw an increase in popularity since its launch in 2017, while the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One saw dwindling numbers. It’s expected though, as consumers are waiting for the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S that’s launching this November.
But overall, Sony’s PlayStation 4 still reigns in terms of lifetime unit sales, reaching more than 113 million units sold since its launch seven years ago. Compare that to the Xbox One that has a 48.2 million lifetime sales that saw a large increase in the past two years thanks to the introduction of the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S.