With the quickness: Nintendo Switch has surpassed the Nintendo 64’s lifetime sales


The Nintendo Switch is a beast who swallows lifetime sales like it is going out of style. It outsold its predecessor, the Wii U, at the end of 2017. The GameCube was similarly crushed in September of 2018. Which brings us to today. According to some estimates, the Switch has demolished the Nintendo 64 in purchases.

It’s like Pac-Man and the Energizer Bunny merged

Based on a post from VGChartz, Nintendo Switch sold 217,096 units for the week ending April 6, 2019. This brings the console’s lifetime sales to 33.15 million. The Nintendo 64’s peak sales figure is 32.93 million. Therefore, the Switch has been purchased more in the span of two years than the 64 was procured in the span of roughly seven. That’s astonishing.

Curiously, Switch still lags behind 64 in terms of software sales: 224.97 million versus 163.31 million. This is probably due to the fact Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time exist. Of course, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will no doubt help Switch obliterate the software record, as well. In due time. By which I mean two weeks.

Like the Terminator hunting Sarah Connor, the next victim in Switch’s sights is the SNES, which has a total of 49.10 million lifetime sales. Will Nintendo’s hybrid overtake the greatest system ever made? Probably.

Any Enthusiasts shocked at this piece of news or did you see it coming from a mile away? Let us know how right or wrong you were with a comment down below.

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Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.