Since launching in March, the Switch has taken the Japanese console market by storm – selling 1.5m units after only being available for 26 weeks.
While it isn’t hugely surprising that the Switch is doing well in Nintendo’s home market, the scale of the success is. By comparison, the PlayStation 4 sold 665,000 units in Japan in its first 26 weeks – a lot less than half as many of the Switches that have been sold.
These figures, from 2ch, indicate that the Switch has enjoyed a successful start to its lifecycle. That said, it was still outsold by the 3DS, a console which first launched six years ago. And while the comparison is difficult to make (due to the vast price difference between the 3DS and the Switch) it certainly helps paint a picture of the console’s attractiveness.
The last official numbers from Nintendo for Switch sales only covered up to June 30 and at that time 4.7m consoles had been sold. These numbers will likely be updated in Nintendo’s next financial update in October.