The Nintendo Switch is steam-rolling ahead to become the number one game console on the market. It’s managed to already beat out the combined sales of the PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 original.
Nintendo Life is reporting that the PS4 and PS4 Slim have a combined install base of 6,540,000 units in Japan, where-as the Nintendo Switch has now established 6,670,000 units in Japan. This is despite the PlayStation 4 getting a healthy four year head start.
The sales, however, do not contain the combined sales of the PlayStation 4 Pro, which has been gaining healthy unit sales since its debut back in 2016. According to Nintendo Life, the PS4 Pro makes up for just over 460,000 sales in Japan. This means that the Switch still has some work to do to surpass total PS4 sales in Japan, but it’s rapidly catching up to and surpassing the PlayStation 4 where it counts most.
Given that the Switch has been shifting units at a rapid clip, it’s not surprising if we see the Switch surpass the PS4 before the end of the first quarter of 2019. Back in early December keep in mind that the Switch managed to move more than 280,000 units between December 3rd and December 9th, rapidly closing the gap with the PS4. In fact, it was the absolutely powerful sales movement in December that allowed Nintendo to trump the combined sales of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Classic in Japan. A lot of this was helped in part to the mega-blockbuster Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The game got off to a hot start, moving several million copies within the span of just a week, and 1.23 million copies over a three day period in Japan alone.
With the added news about Sony’s censorship regulations hampering the release of various niche Japanese products, and Nintendo being lax enough to allow the games on the Switch without any additional censorship, this will surely help play into the long term adoption rate strategy from weebs and otaku either looking to move over from the PS4 to the Switch or vying for the Switch instead of the PS4. Coupling this with Japan’s preference for mobile gaming over home console gaming, and Nintendo has a surefire way to win the day.
(Thanks for the news tip zac za)