Since it was released in March, the Switch has been a sales powerhouse for Nintendo. This is especially true in Japan, where the Switch’s sales over its first sixteen weeks are beating Sony’s PlayStation 4 sales numbers compared to the same period.
In its first sixteen weeks, the PS4 sold 605,551 in Japan while the Switch has sold almost a million units over the same period. This is especially impressive considering it’s selling out every shipment due to a shortage of production materials, making it near impossible to find.
What’s important to note is that the sales numbers for the PS4 steadily declined in its first sixteen weeks, falling to just over 8,000 in its sixteenth week, while the Switch’s weekly sales haven’t dipped below 24,000 units.
Compared to its Nintendo siblings, the Switch falls somewhere in the middle: the Wii U sold 820,000 units in its first sixteen weeks, while the Wii sold 1.85 million units.
Even though the Wii U also outsold the PS4 in its first sixteen weeks in Japan, the Wii U eventually petered out, ending at 13 million units sold globally, while the PS4 is currently at 58.6 million units sold, according to VG Chartz.
The Switch’s lack of availability could be holding back its sales, but Nintendo promises that production will ramp up soon, especially leading up to the holiday season, when its potential for sales with the release of Super Mario Odyssey could be at an all-time high.