Nintendo Switch Surpasses PS4 Lifetime Sales In Japan

Posted: May 17 2019, 2:34pm CDT | by

Nintendo Switch surpasses PS4 lifetime sales in Japan

Nintendo's dominance over Sony and Microsoft has never been more obvious.

In what is one of the most significant indicators of how strong Nintendo's presence looms in the Japanese market, it has now been reported that lifetime sales of the Switch console have already leapfrogged above Sony's PlayStation 4 console in that country.

It is a stunning achievement for the Kyoto-based gaming giant, considering the fact that the PS4 has been around for more than five years in Japan, compared to the Switch which was released in 2017.

Specifically, lifetime sales of the Switch now stand at around 8.13 million, compared to just over 8 million for the PS4. That's according to local magazine publisher Famitsu.

Of course, this is a distinctly Japanese accomplishment. On a global scale, the PS4 still dwarfs over the Switch, at a rate of nearly 3-to-1 (92 million PS4s compared to 35 million for the Switch). Nevertheless, it's a sign that Nintendo is doing what it needs to do in the current gaming landscape. The portability of the Switch gives it a unique competitive advantage over the PS4, and its other competitor, the Xbox One.

Additionally, the PS4 is showing its maturity as attention is turning toward the PS5. Meanwhile, the Switch is just starting to reach its stride, with new Animal Crossing, Zelda, Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Maker, and Pokemon games all slated to come out in time for the 2019 holiday season.


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