Nintendo Switch Outsold PS4 2:1 in Japan in 2018

Switch lifetime sales reach 7 million Japan, while PS4 reaches 7.7 million.

Posted By | On 10th, Jan. 2019

Nintendo Switch has been leading the Japanese hardware charts for a while now, but the extent of its dominance in Japan is something that can be easy to lose sight of. For instance, according to the Media Create report for last week, and as pointed out by Twinfinite, the Nintendo Switch ended up selling two times as much as the PS4 did last year.

The Switch sold 3,534,165 units in Japan last year, while PS4 and PS4 Pro cumulatively sold 1,726,031. This means, then, that the Switch ended up selling more than twice as many units as the PlayStation 4 family did last year. This is in spite of the Switch having a slow year in terms of new software releases, while PS4 got major new releases such as Monster Hunter World.

The Switch’s lifetime sales in Japan are also now over 7 million units, which puts it within kissing distance of the PS4’s lifetime sales in Japan of 7.7 million units. The difference, of course, is that it took the PS4 nearly five years to get to that number, while it took the Switch less than two years to do it.

Now to see if Japanese third parties start putting their stuff on the Switch.


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