With a lifetime sales figure of 7.1 million units at the end of 2022, the Nintendo Switch has surpassed the Wii as the best-selling home console in French history.
When talking about market dominance in the gaming console industry, it’s hard not to give credit to Nintendo. Although it may not be the top grossing company in the worldwide market, its undisputed second-place position is a testament to its remarkable impact.
The company has a long history of delivering high-quality and innovative gaming experiences, with a focus on creating accessible and family-friendly content.
As a result, Nintendo has built a strong brand and a dedicated fanbase, earning its place as a leading player in the industry. The company’s continued success speaks volumes about its commitment to creating enjoyable gaming experiences for people of all ages.
2022 Was A Milestone Year for Nintendo
The Nintendo Switch had a remarkable year in 2022, with the release of major titles such as “Splatoon 3“, “Pokémon Legends: Arceus“, and “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet” leading to a surge in console sales worldwide. In France, this success has propelled the Switch to become the best-selling home console of all time, surpassing the PS4 and the Wii video game consoles.
Nintendo Switch Sells 987,000 Units In France
As reported by Le Figaro, the President of Nintendo France, Philippe Lavoué, announced that the Switch has sold 7.09 million units in France, with 987,000 units sold just in 2022 alone. This accounted for half of all consoles sold in the country that year.
445,000 Copies of Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Sold In France In 2022
Additionally, over 50% of Switch owners in France also own “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe“, which sold an additional 445,000 copies in the country in 2022.
Pokémon Franchise Breaks Sales Record In France
The Pokémon franchise also saw significant success in France, with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet breaking franchise records by selling 701,000 copies in less than two months after their releases. Also, Pokémon Legends: Arceus sold more copies than any other single game in France in 2022, putting FIFA 23 in second place. This resulted in a record-breaking three Pokémon titles making it into the top 10 best-selling games of the year in France.
Nintendo Lines Up a Myriad of Projects for 2023
As for 2023, Nintendo has no plans of slowing down. With the highly anticipated release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and the start of a marketing cycle for The Super Mario Bros. movie, as well as the opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, 2023 could be another big year for Nintendo globally.