Last year was a big year for the Nintendo Switch. With massive hits like Splatoon 3, Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, we’ve seen console sales continue to surge across the world. Today, we learned that this success has pushed the Switch into becoming the best-selling home console ever in France.
As reported by Le Figaro, the President of Nintendo France (Philippe Lavoué) shared the news that the Switch has sold 7.09 million units in the country. This pushes it above the PS4 at 6 million and the Wii with 6.3 million. Just last year in 2022, the Switch sold 987,000 units – that’s half of all consoles sold in the country that year. Of those that own a Switch in France, more than 50% own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which sold an additional 445,000 copies at retail in France last year.
Pokémon has done serious business in France this year. Combined, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet broke franchise records, selling 701,000 copies in less than two months after its release. Meanwhile, Pokémon Legends: Arceus was France’s best-selling individual game on any platform in 2022, pushing heavy hitter FIFA 23 into second place. In total, that means a record three Pokémon titles made it into the country’s top 10 best-selling games of the year.
Nintendo has no plans of slowing down in 2023. As well as the highly-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom‘s forthcoming release, President Lavoué confirmed that a marketing cycle will begin soon for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The animated feature, combined with the opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, could be signs of another huge year for Nintendo across the globe.
What do you think 2023 will look like for Nintendo, both in France and beyond? Let us know in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more gaming news.