2021 Japanese Switch sales 5x more than other consoles combined

You may know that Nintendo Switch is obviously very popular in its home country of Japan. However, the recently released 2021 sales figures really give a clearer idea of just how much better the Nintendo console has been selling in comparison to its competitors… even in a year where they both released new consoles. The numbers are striking.

According to info provided by Famitsu and published in gamesindustry.biz, between December 2020 and 2021 the Switch family of devices (Lite, Regular and new OLED) sold 5.3 million units. Playstation 5 only managed just under 950 000 and the Series X/S didn’t even hit the 100 000 sold mark. Of course, there are a few caveats – like the fact that both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have been subject to worldwide chip delays and do tend to sell out as soon as they hit shelves.

The Switch continues to dominate the Japanese market and while Sony will likely have a bigger say in 2022, it’s still rather surprising that Xbox is lagging so far behind – particular since 2021 was such a big and positive year for them. It will be interesting to see if we do get the long-rumoured ‘Super Switch’ at some time later this year – however, if sales keep soaring it’s hard to see Nintendo needing to make any big changes.

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