With the latest Media Create sales figures in for the Nintendo Switch in Japan, it is now clear that the new console has managed to surpass the first-year sales of the PS2.
To understand why this is a big deal, the PS2 is currently the most successful home console in Japan, as well as the world. With the PS2 selling around 23 million units in Japan during its lifetime.
Thanks to those nice people at Nintendo Soup, they have broken down the first year sales of the PS2 and the Switch. In case you are wondering, the Japanese PS2 sales figures are from Famitsu back in 2001. These also differ from the shipped figures of the PS2 as revealed by Sony for the same period.
So while the PS2 came in with a very impressive 3,016,622 units sold in its first year, the Switch has surpassed that with 3,258,083 units sold during 2017.
For reference, the PS2 was released in Japan on March 4 in 2000, with the Switch released on March 3 this year. So the sales comparison here is a worthwhile one.
To be honest, the ramifications of this are already apparent, as Japanese developers and publishers are already flocking to the Switch to make new games for the system.
The reduced emphasis on graphics and subsequent lower development costs coupled with the very strong sales both in Japan and across the world, make the Switch a very attractive console.
The only thing that remains here is whether the Switch can keep up with this kind of sales momentum. However, considering that many thought the Switch would fail the same way as the Wii U did at launch, it’s clear that this new and plucky little console definitely has some legs to it.