Slowly but steadily, the Nintendo Switch’s popularity seems far from over. Despite lacking any major releases in recent months, Nintendo’s portable hybrid console has managed to post its best quarter ever in terms of sales.
Specifically, a total of 11.57 million consoles were sold in the last quarter of 2020 alone, bringing the total sales of the Nintendo Switch to 79.87 million, an increase of 7% over the same period last year. A figure that certainly does not cease to surprise given that we are talking about a console close to celebrating its fourth anniversary.
Already surpassing the figures of the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, if Switch has a normal spring quarter, selling at least 2.5 million consoles, this year it will also manage to surpass the Game Boy Advance, leaving only three other pieces of hardware to be surpassed: Wii, Game Boy, and DS.
And the fact is that the arrival of a still very small number of units of the new generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft, added to the exclusive versatility of the Nintendo Switch, has ensured that the big N has shone during the last pandemic months. And is that beyond its portability, one of the great advantages of this console has always been the possibility of being able to continue our games inside and outside the use of a TV at any time, something essential during these days when leisure remains around the few activities inside the home.
What about the Nintendo Switch Pro?
We have been talking for several years about the possibility of the arrival of a new improved Nintendo Switch, which, beyond speculation, seems to have been advanced on numerous occasions from sources close to the Japanese company. However, every time we get closer to the supposed release dates, we receive the same cold water.
The fact that Nintendo continues to enjoy such positive sales for its handheld console could be causing an intentional delay in the arrival of a new console, trying to take advantage of the maximum number of sales possible. In fact, the company has already advanced on several occasions that it has no intention of entering the current Sony and Microsoft console war, opting instead to offer an entertainment system oriented towards usability as opposed to raw power.
That said, it is still expected that at some point we will see the arrival of this Nintendo Switch Pro, with some necessary improvements such as the upgrade of its graphics card and processor, and some improvements regarding its display.