The Nintendo Switch launched worldwide on March 3, 2017 and has been a tremendous sales success in nearly every territory. Japan is one of the few markets where we get hardware sales data on a weekly basis. The latest information from Famitsu shows that as of April 28, 2019 the Switch has a cumulative sell-in of 8,042,166 systems to date. If we compare that to the PS4’s 8,047,754 total sold we discover that the Switch will probably have overtaken Sony’s lead when the May 5th numbers are revealed. That’s because the Switch has been selling around 40,000 systems each week and the PS4 has been hovering around 20,000, giving the Switch an easy victory for the week.
Of course we won’t know for sure if this is the case until the results are revealed, but it’s a pretty safe bet. That’s pretty impressive for a system that’s only been on the market for 2 years and 2 months! Obviously Japan skews a bit more handheld and since the Switch offers up both portable and TV play one would expect it to outsell the PS4. I’m just not sure anyone expected the Switch to take the lead so quickly. Then again, Japan is sort of upside down world when compared to everywhere else, so maybe we shouldn’t be too shocked to see this happen.
Famitsu Sales Results (April 22 – April 28, 2019):