Having been one of the most sought-after items on a shopping-heavy Thanksgiving weekend, the Nintendo Switch just had its best-ever sales week in the United States. According to a statement from Nintendo, the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite sold a combined total of 830,000 units between November 24 and November 30, which is even more impressive considering that Cyber Monday sales aren’t even included in that total.
Having probably sold close to a million units in little more than a week in the U.S. alone and finally launching the Switch in China on December 10, Nintendo seems to have a blockbuster holiday quarter on its hands. The popular hybrid console continues to be a major success for the Japanese gaming company, especially after its predecessor, the Wii U had flopped miserably. As our chart shows, Nintendo has already sold more than 40 million Switch systems, leaving the Wii U and the GameCube far behind. Earlier this year, the Switch also surpassed the Nintendo 64 in terms of lifetime sales, making it the fourth most popular home console in Nintendo's long history.
If the company can keep the current momentum going, the Switch could even surpass the Super Nintendo within the next year or so. The iconic 16-bit console, originally released in 1990, was sold 49 million times during its lifespan, leading the Nintendo Switch by less than 10 million units.