Based on some NPD Group data that was released yesterday, the Nintendo Switch is now the fastest selling console of the current console generation (within 21 months). This data collected only covers the US market, but due to the size of that market, it is also generally a good indicator of worldwide sales.
According to Business Wire:
From its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units, outpacing U.S. sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.
Thanks to all the fans for making #NintendoSwitch the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation! You've also made #SmashBrosUltimate the fastest-selling Super Smash Bros. game in the series & for the system to date! It's a great time to own Nintendo Switch! pic.twitter.com/Tg6wp3L44R
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 18, 2018
Despite a relatively quiet year in comparison to 2017, Nintendo has really come out swinging before the final bell. Not only was Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee! a massive seller in November, according to Nintendo of America’s tweet above, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is not only the fastest selling game in the Smash series, but it is also the fastest selling game on the system overall. That latter statistic is rather astounding considering all the major titles released last year including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey in particular.
With 2019 looking good with a new Yoshi game, Metroid Prime 4 and a full new Pokémon all on the horizon, plus a few multi-platform games starting to launch on the Switch at the same time as they do on the PS4 and Xbox One, the future for Nintendo is looking pretty rosy.