Nintendo Switch had second-highest October console sales in U.S. history

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The evergreen headline this year is that Nintendo Switch is selling monstrously well, yet it continues to leave us a little in awe: In October 2020, Nintendo Switch (combined with Nintendo Switch Lite) had the second-highest October console sales in United States history at 735,926 units sold. It is only bested by the Wii in October 2008, where that console sold 807,000 units. This information comes via NPD Group data relayed via Nintendo PR.

This Nintendo Switch sales data is ultimately just the cherry on top of other stories we’ve run recently. For instance, the company recently increased its sales projections for the fiscal year by an enormous five million units, expecting to sell 24 million in total. (To date, the console has sold more than 22.5 million units in the U.S. alone.) Additionally, we reported earlier today that Nintendo Switch sales saw the best Q3 2020 of any console since 2009 with Nintendo DS.

How far can this success carry? It’s hard to say, but the console has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down yet. Of course, the spotlight this month is on Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5, but both of these consoles are already perpetually sold out, to the frustration of many. Switch is exponentially easier to obtain right now, and Nintendo has every reason to be happy heading into the holidays, especially with the release of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity looming and generous Black Friday sales.

[Source: PR]

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!