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Nintendo Switch Has Surpassed the N64 In Lifetime Sales

Out with the old and in with the new, because the Nintendo Switch has proven it's here to stay.
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The N64 was a staple in Nintendo gaming history, a revolutionary console that gave us some of our favorite memories. The Nintendo Switch has been revolutionary in its own right as well and the hybrid console has proven it has massive staying power with an ever-growing library and more third party support than ever before. It’s because of that versatility that the Switch has become a household console and according to recent sales data, it has officially surpassed the lifetime sales of its N64 predecessor. 

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According to a recent report from VGChartz, the Nintendo Switch has had a killer month so far for April, clocking in at almost 200 thousand units sold for the week of April 6th. That major push helped the Nintendo Switch officially dethrone the N64 in sales, with an estimate of 33.15 million units sold for the hybrid console in comparison to the N64’s 32.92 million sold. 

While this report is incredibly impressive, Nintendo will be sharing a more update sales sheet to reflect just how well the Switch is performing. It’s impressive to see the Switch perform so well, however, considering it’s only been out for just over two years, versus the total number of sales for the Nintendo 64 is its whole lifespan of 6 years. 

Nintendo is just getting started when it comes to their Switch with two newer models reportedly on the way. With more third-party support than any other Nintendo console previously, it’s exciting to see where the Big N goes from here in terms of portability and a phenomenal gaming experience. 

What do you think about the current state of the Nintendo Switch? Favorite memory of the N64? Hit us with all you’ve got over on Twitter @PrimaGames to tell us what you think of the Switch’s latest milestone. 

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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!