The Nintendo Switch continues to defy odds. Even as it reaches its fifth birthday, the console continues to sell well across the U.S., the U.K., and Japan.
Starting in the U.S., The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella confirmed the Switch topped sales charts for December and all of 2021. The hybrid console also led in dollar sales, though the PlayStation 5 wasn’t too far behind.
Shifting to the U.K., the Switch was the best-selling console in the region. According to GamesIndustry.biz, it sold half a million units in November and December alone.
The overall sales for 2021 meant the Switch had the second-biggest year in the U.K. “by quite a large margin.” It was second to 2020, when sales surged due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, in Japan, the Switch sold five times as many units as all other consoles combined. The hybrid console sold 5.3 million units in 2021.
By comparison, the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and the Nintendo 3DS sold only 1.1 million units combined.
As in the U.S. and U.K., the PlayStation 5 came in second place in Japan with 942,798 units sold. That’s almost 10 times the number of Xbox Series S and Series X units sold in 2021.
Even with the Switch’s continued success, rumors of a beefed-up “Switch Pro” continue to circulate. The rumored console supposedly has support for 4K output when docked, an improved Nvidia processor, and faster storage.