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Nintendo Switch holds onto best-selling US console record despite PS5 and Xbox Series X launch


The Switch has been America’s best-selling console for two years now (Picture: Nintendo)

No doubt thanks to Black Friday, the Nintendo Switch outperformed the competition and now holds a 24-month long record.

You would think that both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S would have dominated Novemer’s sales charts on account of being fancy new consoles.

Instead, the Nintendo Switch, a far less powerful console that’s been out since 2017, managed to outperform both of them, at least in the United States.

According to market research company The NPD Group (and reported on by Business Wire), the combined sales of the Switch and Switch Lite systems in November were over 1.35 million.

With these numbers, this means the Switch has been the best-selling video game console in the US for 24 consecutive months.

‘Nintendo Switch offers a unique proposition for shoppers this holiday season with the ability to play on the TV or portably in handheld mode,’ said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

‘We continue to see unprecedented demand for Nintendo Switch, and we are pleased that people of all ages and gaming skill levels will be experiencing Nintendo Switch this holiday and beyond.’

Black Friday obviously played a part in its success, as Nintendo was offering a bundle which came with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of a Switch Online subscription.

What’s more, both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, while managing to be popular enough to sell out completely at launch, weren’t able to meet demand. Had there been enough units available, it could’ve been a very different story.

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