Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling console of the generation in US

Nintendo Switch’s US sales surpass the PS4 and Xbox at the same age

Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling console of the generation in US

Nintendo has sold 8.7 million Switch consoles since its launch 21 months ago, making it the fastest-selling video game systems in the USA during that time, according to data from the NPD Group. In its first 21 months of availability, Nintendo has sold more than 8.7 million systems in the USA, outpacing all other current-gen systems through the same point in their life cycles.

Sales of the Switch aren't the only thing Nintendo is celebrating.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has nudged Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption II into second spot, which has been top dog for most weeks since its release. The little hybrid console also outsold one of its predecessors, the Nintendo Wii, within the same timeframe, and this doesn't even take into account sales in Japan for all three consoles.

With upwards of 74 fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect, and a single-player Adventure mode that ought to take around 24 hours to complete, Super Smash Bros. The more recent Super Mario Party stands at 1.4 million and Pokémon: Let's Go a total of 2 million. It's made it both the fastest-selling Switch and Smash Bros. game as well. So many games were released a year ago that Nintendo had very little left for afterwards and it wasn't really until Pokémon: Let's Go and Super Smash Bros. That could explain why Microsoft and Sony's respective platforms continue to shift millions of units so far into their lifespans. Ultimate but said it's the fastest-selling game ever released for a Nintendo home console there.

First published December 18 at 7:02 a.m. PT. Update, at 7:55 a.m. PT: Adds European sales.

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