The Switch outsold the PS4 in the US and became the fourth largest home video game console of all time in the region, according to the NPD Group, a long-standing US market research firm. .
“Nintendo Switch lifetime unit sales have now surpassed those of the PlayStation 4,” says NPD CEO and Video Game Industry Advisor Mat Piscatella. Twitter, “making it the fourth-highest-selling console in US history and the sixth-highest-selling video game hardware platform overall. On console, it trails only PS2 , Xbox 360 and Wii”. (Currently, Switch sales also trail Game Boy/Game Boy Color and Nintendo DS, if you include handhelds.)
For context, Nintendo said in its latest financial report that the Switch had sold just over 42 million units in North and South America, while Sony has not provided public data on US sales for the PS4; In both cases, NPD is our only source for how consoles rank in the US, specifically. Sony reported that PS4 had sold over 117 million units worldwide as of March 31, 2022, which is still a bit ahead of Switch’s 107.65 million global units, but PS4 was on the market almost four years before Switch.
The NPD reports that the Switch was the best-selling console for April (and 2022 so far) in the US by units sold, with the Xbox Series consoles coming in second. The more expensive PS5 outperformed both consoles in April in terms of dollar sales, but the Xbox Series consoles have made the most money in 2022 so far.
On the software side, it should come as no surprise that Elden Ring is the best-selling game of 2022 so far. What is surprising, however, is that Elden Ring is now the best-selling game of the last 12 months, surpassing the last Call of Duty release. Vanguard hasn’t been the most popular Call of Duty in recent memory, but it’s still a surprise to see FromSoftware beat Activision Blizzard’s most popular console property on the sales front.
Elden Ring lost its top-selling spot for the month of April to Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The Lego game was also the best-selling game on Switch in April, the first time a third-party game has topped that list since Monster Hunter Rise over a year ago. “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga achieved the highest launch month dollar sales for any LEGO title in history,” Piscatella He says“and after a month it ranks in the top 6 best-selling LEGO sets to date.”
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