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Nintendo Switch Sold Incredibly Well In The US Through October

The Nintendo Switch has the second best October sales figures ever recorded by a console in the US.


The Nintendo Switch is showing no signs of slowing down. In October 2020--the month before the Xbox Series X/S and PS5 dropped--the Switch sold a staggering 735,926 systems in the US, Businesswire reports. This figure is split between the hybrid model Nintendo Switch and the portable-only Switch Lite.

This represents a 136% growth on October 2019 sales, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons moving Switch units throughout 2020. Worldwide sales figures of the system, as of September 30, hit 68.3 million units. This new number takes the system's known total to over 69 million.

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The Switch has now been the top-selling system in the US for 23 months in a row.

The previous all-time best October sales for a console were for another Nintendo system. In October 2008, in its second year, the Wii sold 807,000 units in the US. That year saw the release of Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wii Fit, and Animal Crossing: City Folk.

Nintendo's next official worldwide total likely won't be revealed until 2021, covering sales from October-December. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S have just launched, but due to stock shortages, the Switch is still likely to be the holiday season's top-selling console.

The next major Switch exclusive is November 18's Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

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