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    Nintendo Switch already sold more than the 3DS in its entire lifespan

    The Nintendo Switch has already overtaken the successful Nintendo 3DS in sales, according to numbers Nintendo shared about their current gaming platform. The latest financial report revealed that a total of 79.87 million Switch devices have now been shipped worldwide. To put things in perspective, these numbers make the Switch Nintendo’s fifth best-sold console ever. Only the Nintendo DS (154 million), Nintendo Wii (101.6 million), Game Boy (118.7 million) and the Game Boy Advance (81.5 million) shipped more devices. Keeping in mind that, according to Nintendo America’s CEO Doug Bowser, the Nintendo Switch is only ‘halfway through its lifecycle’. Which probably means that it will climb up the sales ladder even more. 

    Furthermore, the financial report reveals that Nintendo sold at least 532.34 million Switch games since the console was released in March 2017. This fiscal quarter, the company sold over 176.1 million software units, which is 43% more than the year before. One of the main reasons for the significant rise is the 2020 phenomenon Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which shipped 31.18 million units since its release. Other big sellers were Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (8.6 million), Ring Fit Adventure (5.95 million) and Super Mario 3D All-Stars (8.32 million). 

    Nintendo is doing especially well this year, with the firm already hitting its annual net sales target of ¥1.4 trillion ($13.4 billion), a 37% increase over the year before. Another interesting detail is that only 77.6% of the total sales were from outside Japan, showing just how popular Nintendo still is in its home country.