Nintendo Switch sales surpass lifetime Nintendo Wii sales in the US

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The Game's Industry website released an article going in detail just how the new release of gaming titles, alongside improved hardware, has helped to maintain the gaming industry as a whole in a thriving environment in a post-pandemic world, stabilizing into a new normal state, as well as helping it grow even more than what it was before.

In this new article titled "The US video game industry gets back to growth", depicts several factors that are influencing the gaming market in the current day, with an expected growth of around 3% for the US, nearing 58.3 billion USD. In terms of hardware, products alone contribute around 7 billion out of the 57+ billion USD in video game expenses, with a growth of around 19% from last year.

One of the points of interest from this article, comes from the same talk about hardware sales, which is related to that of the Nintendo Switch. In the article, it's mentioned that the Nintendo Switch held a very strong 2023, with the release of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom helping with hardware sales, and not only that, but also helping the Nintendo Switch to finally surpass the sales of the Nintendo Wii on the US back in July of 2023, with the Switch trailing behind just a bit from the Xbox 360 by a million, and the PlayStation 2 by 5 million:

Game's Industry Article said:
Switch has also continued to perform strongly in 2023, helped by the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. In fact, the US lifetime sales of Switch hardware finally surpassed those of Wii in the US market during July 2023. Switch lifetime sales now trail Xbox 360 by less than one million units, and PlayStation 2 by fewer than five million.

It's worth noting that the sales numbers combine all versions of the Switch, including Switch Lite and Switch OLED.
It might only be a matter of time before the Switch pairs up with the most successful consoles (PS2, DS) in terms of sales, but with the current rumours of a new Switch revision, or even a Switch successor on the horizon, it's still uncertain if the Switch will get there in time before said console appears and the Switch stops being sold.

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Re-releasing the same console multiple times and being extremely popular has that effect.

Good for the Switch, I never really liked the Wii too much as a console as Nintendo tried to sell a gimmicky console with a lot of shovelware crap.

That being said, it's great as a GCN Slim! :)
 

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Re-releasing the same console multiple times and being extremely popular has that effect.

Good for the Switch, I never really liked the Wii too much as a console as Nintendo tried to sell a gimmicky console with a lot of shovelware crap.

That being said, it's great as a GCN Slim! :)

Oh my gosh you've reminded me of the many shovelware that this system had. It was ABYSSSMAL. The only shovelware that I've liked that I wish had a rerelease is Lost Winds, a metroidvania that I forgot 99% of the story of. It's on PC, but that's about it last time I've checked.

The only redeeming factor was the AAA gems.
 

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Damn... As much as I love this accomplishment, the Wii will always stay strong in my heart. the Switch is a fine console. I wish that most of the games aren't 60 dollars though
I agree. The Wii was my first own home console ever, so ofc i has a special place in my heart. But this is huge for Nintendo. The Switch combines everything Nintendo had in the past and makes it better (or worst.) Can't wait for Switch 2. If the rumors are true and Switch 2 is going to be XBone/PS4 like and adding the portability. This (even tho Nintendo always stays behind a generation) could be a huge W for Nintendo. Even if PS5/Series S|X are much stronger. :yayswitch::switch:
 

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I agree. The Wii was my first own home console ever, so ofc i has a special place in my heart. But this is huge for Nintendo. The Switch combines everything Nintendo had in the past and makes it better (or worst.) Can't wait for Switch 2. If the rumors are true and Switch 2 is going to be XBone/PS4 like and adding the portability. This (even tho Nintendo always stays behind a generation) could be a huge W for Nintendo. Even if PS5/Series S|X are much stronger. :yayswitch::switch:

In all honesty, I just wished that Nintedno can go back to the home console busniess. I;d imagine that they would either revamp the already existing switch to make it as strong as modern consoles to this day, or they would go back to making handhelds like the 3ds and having a stronger console like the Wii. I love how they're remastering some of the GameCube stuff on here too like Metroid Prime and Pikmin 1+2 along with Super Mario Sunshine. It's almost like the ultimate console. We'll see how Nintendo goes in the next year.
 

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Most of the games are regurgitated remasters of old games, now with a higher price, but I can't deny, the Switch does have some pretty amazing games. Even though I'm a huge Wii fan, one thing I like better about the Switch is that it doesn't FORCE you to use it's shitty motion controllers like the Wii does. I wish you could just navigate menus and play all the games with a GameCube controller........
 

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In all honesty, I just wished that Nintedno can go back to the home console busniess. I;d imagine that they would either revamp the already existing switch to make it as strong as modern consoles to this day, or they would go back to making handhelds like the 3ds and having a stronger console like the Wii. I love how they're remastering some of the GameCube stuff on here too like Metroid Prime and Pikmin 1+2 along with Super Mario Sunshine. It's almost like the ultimate console. We'll see how Nintendo goes in the next year.
You know the Switch is wayy more powerful then the Wii right?
 

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You know the Switch is wayy more powerful then the Wii right?

I know it's way more powerful, but the Wii was launched with greater AAA games if we exclude all of the Wiiware shovelware. Not saying that the games on the Swtich suck (I like Mario Oddysey, BOTW, TOTK, and Metroid Dread), but I find myself to enjoy more on what the retro games had than what the switch gives.
 

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one and a half years after the release of the "switch killer", is the switch dead yet?
Nintendo's latest first-party games are running at like 15 FPS on the console, so yeah, they've been beating the dead horse for a while now. A lot of people have lowered their standards thanks to mobile gaming, but anything less than 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD is an absolute joke in 2023.
 

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Considering that the Switch lifespan is nearing its end (6.5 years at the moment), the fact that the only two consoles having sold better are discontinued, and that about 25M units are separating the Switch 3rd position from the 2nd and 1st position, I think the Switch will stay as the third most successful console of history.
The only console that could take its place right now would be the PS5, but considering their very slow production rate at the moment, it won't happen anytime soon.
The PS4 is nearing its lifespan too, and the Xbox series S/X just don't have any real appeal to make it a real competitor.
 

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Good for the Switch, I never really liked the Wii too much as a console as Nintendo tried to sell a gimmicky console with a lot of shovelware crap.
Dude. The Switch is flooded with what you call "Shovelware". There's a truckload of cheap games that range from kinda decent to totally abysmal. If it isn't a game that is poorly designed just to show porno girls to you, it's some garbage ten-cent game with no real goal or replay value that is made by a no-name in his mom's basement who just wants to make a buck.

As good as the 3DS and Wii U were, they had quite a bit of shovelware too, and I've noticed that some of it has migrated to the Switch.

As for the amount of units sold mentioned in this article, I have reason to believe that it might be a bit overblown (by Nintendo, not by Game Industry). Even so, I don't believe it will ever surpass DS sales, as we're very late in the game for that now.
 

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Considering that the Switch lifespan is nearing its end (6.5 years at the moment), the fact that the only two consoles having sold better are discontinued, and that about 25M units are separating the Switch 3rd position from the 2nd and 1st position, I think the Switch will stay as the third most successful console of history.
The only console that could take its place right now would be the PS5, but considering their very slow production rate at the moment, it won't happen anytime soon.
The PS4 is nearing its lifespan too, and the Xbox series S/X just don't have any real appeal to make it a real competitor.
I dare say it's already on lifesupport, from what I remember most consoles only have 6 years tops for lifetime, the PS2 was the exception of course, and it wouldn't surprise me if Nintendo tries to stretch the lifetime of the Switch as well just to milk out the most out of that cow.
 

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