Nintendo’s new Switch console launched on March 3rd, 2016, and last week was on its 17th week on the Japanese market. Thanks to the latest Media Create figures, added to historical data, we learned that the console passed a million units sold in the country.
To be precise, thanks to this week’s 22, 361 units sold, we’re now at 1,014,020 Nintendo Switch consoles that found a warm and loving Japanese home.
This quick march to a million is probably to attribute to the rather strong first party lineup out of the gate, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and ARMS two weeks ago, which gave Switch sales the latest kick they needed to pass the milestone.
The comparison with the closest comparison on the local market, the PS4, is definitely in the Switch’s favor, since Sony’s console took a whopping 46 weeks to pass a million units sold at the very beginning of 2015.
The first year of the PS4 in Japan was quite weak due to lack of games appealing to local customers, a price seen as too high by many, and the fact that most games launched in a cross-generation fashion with PS3, damaging the desirability of the new console.
That being said, Sony has since addressed the situation by implementing a strong games lineup, and by bringing the price down. Considering that the PS4 currently counts roughly 4.85 million units sold in the country, it’ll take a long time for the Switch to catch up in installed base, if it ever will.
Comparisons aside, the Switch will probably see a strong 2017 in Japan, with strong titles like Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It remains to be seen if Switch users will double dip in strong numbers for Monster Hunter XX, and whether Dragon Quest XI will launch this year or not.