Nintendo Switch has officially reached the 1m mark for unit sales in Japan. It took 17 weeks but it’s clear that Japan is loving Nintendo’s newest hybrid console, with stock consistently selling out.


To put this in perspective, this is the same amount of time it took the GameCube to hit 1m and a hell of a lot less time than it took the PS4 (at 49 weeks).

NeoGAF users have provided a handy list, using figures provided by Famitsu, to show where the Switch stands in comparison to other consoles as well as the most popular games so far (retail).

Weeks to reach 1m:

Game Boy Advance: 3 weeks
DS: 4 weeks

PS2: 5 weeks

Wii: 6 weeks

3DS: 13 weeks

PSP: 14 weeks

Switch: 17 weeks

GameCube: 17 weeks

N64: 29 weeks

PS1: more than 30 weeks

WiiU: 34 weeks

PS3: 36 weeks

PS Vita: 43 weeks

DreamCast: 45 weeks

PS4: 49 weeks

Game Boy Advance stands strong at the top of the list, with Switch sitting roughly in the middle. Despite being released back in March, Switch sales remain steady in Japan.


Most popular games:

Mario Kart 501,614

Zelda: 460,480

1 2 Switch 200,807

Arms: 154,845

Bomberman: 92,112

It’s no secret that that Japan has a clear love of handheld consoles. The PS4, which was hugely popular in Europe, is right at the bottom. Even the DreamCast outsold it. NeoGAF put together a graph showing how the Switch sales figures are comparing to other handheld devices in Japan (and the PS4).

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