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Talk about weak sales! The NintenDOLTs putting out sales numbers have revealed that the Nintendo Switch, supposedly the hottest thing since sliced bread, just now — ONLY just now — crossed the 25 million units sold mark in Japan. In a country of 125 million people! That means only one in five Japanese citizens owns a Switch! How paltry!

Now, maybe it IS the fourth best-selling console in the region ever (about to become the bronze medalist, as it’s essentially tied with the 3DS), and maybe Japan’s infamously low birthrate DOES mean that between one-fourth and one-third of the country is over the age of 65 (meaning that the vast, vast majority of young people own a Switch, presuming that old people don’t play many video games), but still! Only a fifth of the population? Four in five people DON’T have a Switch? Come on!

And the software sales are even funnier! The console’s best-selling games in Japan are Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with 7.26 million units, 4.89 million units, and 4.66 million units sold. Not even a third of Japanese Switch owners own the console’s best-selling game! And the other two over around, get this — 20% of the install base! A magic number for all the funniest reasons. Nintendo is doomed. Clearly they need to exist the console business and provide their IP as a third party developer.



Disclaimer: This article was NOT written with funding from Microsoft and/or Sony. Why would you ever assume that? Lmao. 


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.