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​Nintendo Switch Sells 22 Million Units, Surpassing The GameCube

​Nintendo Switch Sells 22 Million Units, Surpassing The GameCube

Just one-and-a-half years after its release, the Nintendo Switch has now outsold the GameCube, with 22.86m consoles shipped worldwide.

As revealed by Nintendo in their latest financial report, the GameCube sold just 21.74m units since it launched back in 2001.

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It homed a number of classic Nintendo titles, such as Metroid Prime, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Super Smash Bros. Melee, but it was no match for the Switch, which continues "to be quite popular."

Credit: Nintendo
Credit: Nintendo

The current go-to handheld sold 5.07 million units in the last six months leading up to the end of September, achieving a 3.7% sales increase on the same period last year.

It still has a long way to go before surpassing the likes of other classic Nintendo consoles, such the NES and SNES, which sold 61.91 million units and 49.10 million units, respectively. And then we get onto the big boys; Nintendo's revolutionary Wii saw 101.63 million sales, and earlier handhelds - most notably the 3DS (73.53m), Advance (81.51m), Game Boy (118.69m), and the DS (154.02m) - are still miles in front of their younger brother.

Interestingly enough, the 3DS still remains quite active, despite a 65% drop year-on-year, selling 1 million units within the same six month period. Not bad for a seven-year-old console.

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Credit: Nintendo
Credit: Nintendo

To put the Switch numbers into perspective, the Wii sold 29.62 million units globally during the same opening retail period, compared to 22.86m.

The Switch performed better than the Wii in America, but it's struggling to pull in the same attraction worldwide. Maybe it's because of Nintendo's previous console, the Wii U - which shipped a measly 13.56m units - and the bad taste it left within the gaming community.

Or perhaps it's down to how widely available and accessible the Wii was. I remember it being absolutely everywhere back in 2007, from TV adverts to shop windows, drawing in both old and new gamers - even my Gran loved it - but can the same really be said for the Switch? It's a brilliant console, but it might need re-imagining in order to break the 100 million barrier.

Make sure you let us know what you think, and if the Switch needs a V2.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: SNES, switch, Entertainment, NES, Nintendo, 3DS, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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