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Nintendo Switch Has Officially Outsold PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Nintendo's latest handheld, the Nintendo Switch, has officially sold more units than Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.
Nintendo's latest handheld, the Nintendo Switch, has officially sold more units than Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. / Nintendo

Nintendo's latest handheld, the Nintendo Switch, has officially sold more units than Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.

The console was shipped around 89 units so far and, according to company predictions, is on track to be the most sold console Nintendo has ever produced—surpassing its predecessor and current company-wide record holder, the Wii. Its net sales revenue clocked in at $2.94 billion (¥322 billion) with a net profit of $846 million (¥92 billion).

Nintendo Switch Has Officially Outsold PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Surprisingly, these numbers are actually a loss from last year, with the Switch moving close to 4 million units in its first fiscal quarter. The COVID-19 pandemic made its impact, instead, on the type of Switch console being purchased. The first generation performed better than its arguably more portable sibling, the Switch Lite.

Its net revenue fell 9.9% alongside a similar turn for profit at a 12.9% drop. It appears that the pre-pandemic hype around Nintendo's next Animal Crossing title played a part here, as well. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold almost 11 million copies following its release where Pokemon SNAP only moved 2 million.

At the end of their production, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sold 86 million units and 87 million, respectively. Nintendo's Wii sold 101 units—less than 10 away from the Switch at the time of writing. Nintendo expects the Switch to make up the difference by the end of March 2022.

Whether it will be poised to overtake the PlayStation 2 at 155 million or its much older sibling, the Gameboy, at 119 million remains to be seen.