Nintendo Change overtakes SNES with more than 52 million sold

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Nintendo had its greatest Switch quarter ever this holiday season, moving 10.81 million systems to reach a total of 52.48 million sold since the end of2019 That indicates it’s now overtaken the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to become Nintendo’s third best-selling home console of perpetuity behind the Wii and the NES. The 16- bit SNES was released in 1990 in Japan and the following year in The United States and Canada, attaining a total of 49.1 million systems sold worldwide.

Pokémon Sword and Guard were a big hit over the holiday season, moving more than 16 million copies. That’s nearly 4 million more than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate registered in its launch quarter a year ago, although Pokémon went on sale about three weeks earlier. Luigi’s Estate 3 was another huge success, offering over 5 million copies.

Nintendo’s Change hardware sales are up about 15 percent year-on-year, which the business associates partly to the launch of the less expensive Switch Lite while likewise noting the December launch in China– though that’s unlikely to be a significant factor. The 3DS, on the other hand, is now formally a non-factor with just 260,000 consoles sold even in a vacation quarter.

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