Switch Overtakes PS2’s First year Sales Record in Japan

The Nintendo Switch has had a huge December over in Japan, with nearly 900,000 systems sold by Dec. 24th. Based on the most recent sales data from Famitsu, the country’s biggest gaming publication, Nintendo has now sold just under 3.3 million consoles in its homeland – both edging out the PlayStation 2’s first year sales numbers and matching the Wii U’s lifetime sales. That’s right, Japan has bought as many Switches in 10 months as they did Wii Us in over five years.

Both consoles launched in early March, with the Switch selling an impressive 520,000 units in its first month, while the PS2 blasting it away with over 900,000 consoles sold in March 2000 alone.

Thanks to the holiday season, the Switch picked up in sales, with the chart pointing towards October as a major turning point. Benefiting from the huge release of Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo moved almost twice as many Switch consoles in October than the month prior.

Meanwhile, the PlayStation 2 sales plateaued midway through its first year, failing to reach its first month heights again by 2000’s end. Sony later attributed this to a production shortage, limiting its holiday season potential.

The PS2 went on to become the best-selling gaming console ever, with more than 155 million consoles sold. It continues to hold that title to this day. The Switch is currently on pace to blow past the Wii U’s total lifetime sales numbers worldwide.

Danny Santos is a journalist at Mammoth Gamers. He enjoys games, comics, and tons of coffee. Last seen: Entering the underground Smash Ultimate Fight Club with a Gamecube controller.