Nintendo Switch Outsells N64 and GameCube Combined; New Horizons Outsells New Leaf; More

Nintendo Switch Outsells N64 and GameCube Combined; New Horizons Outsells New Leaf; More
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Nintendo’s fiscal year report information is rolling in and there are some very important milestones reached.

Nintendo Switch Has Sold 55.77 Million Units

That’s right, the Nintendo Switch has sold 55.77 million units in its lifetime since March 3, 2017. This overtakes the Nintendo 64 (32.93 million) and GameCube (21.74 million) COMBINED, which comes to 54.67 million units. The next scalp for the Switch to take is the NES, which sold 61.91 million units in its lifetime.

New Horizons Outsells New Leaf

It’s no secret that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been selling like hotcakes and that shows as the game has already outsold Animal Crossing: New Leaf within six weeks of its release.

That’s 13.41 million units sold of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, whereas Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold 12.55 million units since November 2012.

Nintendo Switch Games That Have Sold over One Million Units (Nintendo Games Listed Only)


  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 24.77 million
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 18.84 million
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 17.41 million
  • Super Mario Odyssey – 17.41 million
  • Pokemon Sword/Shield – 17.37 million
  • Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee – 11.97 million
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 11.77 million
  • Splatoon 2 – 10.13 million
  • Super Mario Party – 10.10 million
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 6.60 million
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 6.33 million
  • Super Mario Maker 2 – 5.48 million
  • Zelda: Link’s Awakening – 4.38 million
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses – 2.87 million
  • Ring Fit Adventure – 2.73 million
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX – 1.26 million
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – 1.08 million
  • Astral Chain – 1.08 million

Note that the 11.77 million units for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the sales numbers prior to March 31st.

Nintendo didn’t want to dive into specifics when it comes to third-party titles selling over one million units, but they did say that there are nine from other publishers.

Sword and Shield is the Fourth Best Selling Pokemon Game

Nintendo Switch

Pokemon Sword/Shield: 17.37M
Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Eevee!: 11.97M


Pokemon X/Y: 16.44M
Pokemon Sun/Moon: 16.18M
Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire: 14.26M
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon: 8.70M


Pokemon Diamond/Pearl: 17.67M
Pokemon Black/White: 15.64M
Pokemon Black 2/White 2: 8.52M
Pokemon Platinum: 7.60M


Pokemon Ruby/Pearl: 16.22M
Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen: 12M
Pokemon Emerald: 7.06M

Game Boy

Pokemon Red/Blue/Green: 31.38M
Pokemon Gold/Silver: 23.10M
Pokemon Crystal: 6.39M

Nintendo’s Response to COVID-19

Impact on parts procurement, production, and shipments
It appears that delays in production and shipping are gradually recovering. However, we may be affected if there continue to be issues involving the procurement of necessary components. In addition, if the impact of COVID-19 is prolonged or worsens further, it may disrupt the product supply.

Impact on consumption activities
There are restrictions on sales channels in each country due to measures to prevent the spread of the virus including restrictions on movement outside the home and closure of retail stores, and this effect may be prolonged. Also, if physical distribution is suspended, we will not be able to sell hardware or packaged software through e-commerce (electronic sales transactions). In addition, there is a possibility that provision of those services offered via our network may be suspended in the event that we are no longer able to maintain the stability of our network systems.

Impact on research and development
If the effects of COVID-19 are prolonged or worsen further, development schedules may be impacted due to the difference in development environments between working from home and in the office. In particular, the impact to overseas subsidiaries and other affiliated companies involved in development is anticipated to be even more difficult to predict than within Japan. As a result of these factors, we may not be able to proceed with the release of Nintendo products and the start of services as planned.

This is also true for other software publishers, so it may not be possible to provide game content on Nintendo platforms as planned.

That’s the biggest news to come from Nintendo about fiscal year’s meeting. We’ll provide more updates if we hear anything else.

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