Nintendo Switch Sales On Track To Pass SNES This Year Thanks To Switch Lite

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Nintendo just reported its earnings for Q3 2019, and the company had some good news on the hardware sales front. If you recall, Nintendo introduced the cheaper and lighter Switch Lite during the quarter, which has resulted in a massive uptick in sales.

According to the Japanese gaming giant it sold 4.8 million Switch consoles during the quarter, which represented a whopping 50 percent increase year-over-year. We can attribute that sales momentum due to the introduction of the Switch Lite, which is priced at $199 compared to $299 for the standard Switch. Nintendo sold 1.85 million Switch Lite consoles and 2.85 million Switch consoles during the quarter.

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As of September 30th, Nintendo has shipped a total of 41.67 million Switch consoles. That sales tally puts the Switch within a stone's throw of surpassing the legendary SNES console that was released nearly three decades ago.

Looking at the numbers, cumulative sales for the SNES hit a total of 61.91 million units. During the Holiday 2018 quarter, Nintendo shipped 9.41 million Switch consoles. If Nintendo is able to continues its Q3 2019 success into the next quarter, the Switch should easily be able to skip over the SNES. However, it still has a long way to go to match the 101.63 million Wii consoles that have been sold... and it may never reach that mark.

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The Switch Lite does without the detachable Joy-cons, docking support, kickstand, and built-in rumble functionality, while also delivering a slightly smaller display. However, the Switch Lite is lighter than the original and its smaller display has the same resolution as its larger sibling allowing on-screen content to appear a tad bit sharper.

Walmart recently promoted a bundle offer on the standard Switch (2019 version) that got you the console, your choice of one of five games, and an Ematic Type-C to HDMI + USB + card reader accessory for just $329.