Another record month for Nintendo hardware sales, according to the latest figures from NPD. The company estimates Switch sales (including standard and Lite models) at 735,000 units in the United States, making it the best October for a Nintendo console since the Wii sold 807,000 units in October. 2008.
It’s been a good few years for the Switch, which has scored 23 consecutive months as the best-selling console in the United States. In its own report, Nintendo adds that the company has sold over 63 million units worldwide to date. 2020 has been particularly strong for the company, due to both pandemic-related stay-at-home orders and the strength of titles like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was a real powerhouse.
Of course, many Microsoft and Sony enthusiasts have undoubtedly delayed purchasing new hardware, with the Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5 arriving in a month’s time. With NPD, Nintendo has meanwhile compensated for the declines of its competitors. While the end of Nintendo’s dominance of console sales could very well be seen in November, even with the Switch deals the company is offering for Black Friday.
FIFA 21 was the best-selling game of the month – the first time an entry in the football franchise has reached No. 1 in the United States when it launched. The hybrid title, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, was Nintendo’s best-selling game at No. 5 overall, although Nintendo managed to grab nine of the month’s top 20 spots.