Nintendo software and hardware sales data from 1983 to present

Peleo

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Seems like the F-Zero GX LTD might be higher than expected, at least according to this interview with Toshihiro Nagoshi:

https://gaminggamma.com/2018/08/13/toshihiro-nagoshi-confirms-that-f-zero-gx-sold-1-5-million-copies-world-wide/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

I've compiled the data from the OP and hope this will be useful information moving forward.

Updated as of December 2018.


Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Wii Sporsts had to be split in half since it was skewing the graph too much.


Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

2D MARIO SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console

3D MARIO SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console

2D & 3D MARIO SALES

Blue = 2D Mario ; Yellow = 3D Mario

ANIMAL CROSSING SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console

DONKEY KONG SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

FIRE EMBLEM SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers
Only includes Western released titles

F-ZERO SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers
**F-Zero GX info source

KIRBY SALES

Blue = Handheld Console; Yellow = Home Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

MARIO KART SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console

MARIO PARTY SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers
*Super Mario Party also lacks official sales numbers

MARIO RPG SALES

Blue = Paper Mario ; Yellow = Mario & Luigi
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

MARIO TENNIS SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

METROID SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

PIKMIN SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

POKEMON SALES

Blue = Original Version ; Yellow = Third Version ; Green = Remake

SMASH BROS SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console

SPLATOON & ARMS SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
*ARMS should be Green

STAR FOX SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

WARIO SALES

Blue = Wario Land ; Yellow = Wario Ware
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

YOSHI SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

ZELDA SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console
Titles marked with * lack official sales numbers

NINTENDO HARDWARE SALES

Blue = Home Console ; Yellow = Handheld Console ; Green = Hybrid Console

All graphs based on OP.
 
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Celine

Celine

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I've updated OP with data as March 2019.

The fiscal year ended March 2019 was very profitable for Nintendo, it earned the 4th best operating profits of its entire history.
NES Classic and SNES Classic shipped 120K between January and March 2019.
Nintendo is still shipping small quantities of Wii evergreen games in 2019.

Nintendo's Inventories (in million yen):

March 2017: 39,129
June 2017: 63,240
September 2017: 135,581
December 2017: 94,691
March 2018: 141,795
June 2018: 212,843
September 2018: 326,066
December 2018: 181,839
March 2019: 135,470
 
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JaredTaco

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Oct 27, 2017
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MKWii is what sold most on Wii in the last semester (60K if memory serves me right).
I bet a lot of the Mario Kart Wii sales are people who sold/misplaced their old copy and want to play again.

This was concerning New Super Mario Bros on original DS, but I overheard a family repurchasing the game because the boy had thrown their original copy out their car window.
 

TheMoon

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I bet a lot of the Mario Kart Wii sales are people who sold/misplaced their old copy and want to play again.

This was concerning New Super Mario Bros on original DS, but I overheard a family repurchasing the game because the boy had thrown their original copy out their car window.
They should make him play Superman 64. That disrespect.
 

Cipherr

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Oct 26, 2017
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MK:Wii is frustrating to play for me these days after 8. MK8 killed that game for me, its so much better.
 

Limabean01

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Oct 29, 2017
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Super Mario Party really has a good shot at becoming the best selling in the series

Edit: switch has an insanely good software/hardware ratio for a console this early in its life. Looking at that chart shows that it’s clearly selling games like a home console rather than a portable; it’s tie in ratio already exceeds that of most previous portable consoles.
 
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Celine

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Launch aligned comparison between Switch and 3DS.
By this time (9 quarters in) 3DS already had a deep price cut and the introduction of a new model (3DS XL)

3DS (as March 2013)

HW: 31.09M
SW: 95.03M

Nintendo Top Selling Games:
Super Mario 3D Land: 8.29M
Mario Kart 7: 8.08M
NSMB2: 6.42M
Animal Crossing New Leaf: 3.86M
Nintendogs+cats: 3.28M
Zelda OoT 3D: 2.85M
Paper Mario Sticker Star: 1.97M
Pokemon Rumble Blast: 1.29M
Luigi's Mansion 2: 1.22M
Kid Icarus Uprising: 1.18M
Mario Tennis Open: 1.11M
Total: 39.55M


Switch (as March 2019)

HW: 34.74M
SW: 187.52M

Nintendo Top Selling Games:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 16.69M
Super Mario Odyssey: 14.44M
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 13.81M
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild : 12.77M
Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! / Let's Go Eeve!: 10.63M
Splatoon 2: 8.70M
Super Mario Party: 6.40M
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: 3.31M
1-2-Switch: 2.97M
Mario Tennis Aces: 2.64M
Kirby Star Allies: 2.56M
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze: 2.25M
ARMS: 2.10M
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: 1.53M
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker : 1.18M
OCTOPATH TRAVELER (Outside Japan): 1.17M
Pokkén Tournament DX (Outside Japan): 1.16M
Yoshi's Crafted World: 1.11M
Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit: 1.09M
Total: 106.51M

The company also was in a very different situation in March 2013 compared to March 2019.
In March 2013 had recorded the second consecutive operating losses since when Nintendo entered the video games business (-6,410Bn yen).
In March 2019 had recorded the 4th best operating income of its history (249,701Bn yen)
 
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OrbitalBeard

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Launch aligned comparison between Switch and 3DS.
By this time (9 quarters in) 3DS already had a deep price cut and the introduction of a new model (3DS XL)

3DS (as March 2013)

HW: 31.09M
SW: 95.03M

Nintendo Top Selling Games:
Super Mario 3D Land: 8.29M
Mario Kart 7: 8.08M
NSMB2: 6.42M
Animal Crossing New Leaf: 3.86M
Nintendogs+cats: 3.28M
Zelda OoT 3D: 2.85M
Paper Mario Sticker Star: 1.97M
Pokemon Rumble Blast: 1.29M
Luigi's Mansion 2: 1.22M
Kid Icarus Uprising: 1.18M
Mario Tennis Open: 1.11M
Total: 39.55M


Switch (as March 2019)

HW: 34.74M
SW: 187.52M

Nintendo Top Selling Games:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 16.69M
Super Mario Odyssey: 14.44M
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 13.81M
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild : 12.77M
Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! / Let's Go Eeve!: 10.63M
Splatoon 2: 8.70M
Super Mario Party: 6.40M
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: 3.31M
1-2-Switch: 2.97M
Mario Tennis Aces: 2.64M
Kirby Star Allies: 2.56M
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze: 2.25M
ARMS: 2.10M
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: 1.53M
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker : 1.18M
OCTOPATH TRAVELER (Outside Japan): 1.17M
Pokkén Tournament DX (Outside Japan): 1.16M
Yoshi's Crafted World: 1.11M
Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit: 1.09M
Total: 106.51M

The company also was in a very different situation in March 2013 compared to March 2019.
In March 2013 had recorded the second consecutive operating losses since when Nintendo entered the video games business (-6,410Bn yen).
In March 2019 had recorded the 4th best operating income of its history (249,701Bn yen)
It's impressive to see Switch outselling 3DS launch aligned, but the software sales difference is INSANE.
 

ioriyagami

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Oct 28, 2017
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Launch aligned comparison between Switch and 3DS.
By this time (9 quarters in) 3DS already had a deep price cut and the introduction of a new model (3DS XL)

3DS (as March 2013)

HW: 31.09M
SW: 95.03M

Nintendo Top Selling Games:
Super Mario 3D Land: 8.29M
Mario Kart 7: 8.08M
NSMB2: 6.42M
Animal Crossing New Leaf: 3.86M
Nintendogs+cats: 3.28M
Zelda OoT 3D: 2.85M
Paper Mario Sticker Star: 1.97M
Pokemon Rumble Blast: 1.29M
Luigi's Mansion 2: 1.22M
Kid Icarus Uprising: 1.18M
Mario Tennis Open: 1.11M
Total: 39.55M


Switch (as March 2019)

HW: 34.74M
SW: 187.52M

Nintendo Top Selling Games:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 16.69M
Super Mario Odyssey: 14.44M
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 13.81M
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild : 12.77M
Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! / Let's Go Eeve!: 10.63M
Splatoon 2: 8.70M
Super Mario Party: 6.40M
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: 3.31M
1-2-Switch: 2.97M
Mario Tennis Aces: 2.64M
Kirby Star Allies: 2.56M
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze: 2.25M
ARMS: 2.10M
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: 1.53M
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker : 1.18M
OCTOPATH TRAVELER (Outside Japan): 1.17M
Pokkén Tournament DX (Outside Japan): 1.16M
Yoshi's Crafted World: 1.11M
Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit: 1.09M
Total: 106.51M

The company also was in a very different situation in March 2013 compared to March 2019.
In March 2013 had recorded the second consecutive operating losses since when Nintendo entered the video games business (-6,410Bn yen).
In March 2019 had recorded the 4th best operating income of its history (249,701Bn yen)
How are the software sales calculated? Do they include digital sales and free to play titles like Fortnite, etc.? I am having a hard time accepting the 187.52M figure for the Switch...
 

OrbitalBeard

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Oct 25, 2017
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How are the software sales calculated? Do they include digital sales and free to play titles like Fortnite, etc.? I am having a hard time accepting the 187.52M figure for the Switch...
They include physical-only software (like LABO) and physical+digital software (titles released both in stores and on the eShop). Meaning, digital-only software isn't counted.
 

plusaflag

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Jan 7, 2019
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How are the software sales calculated? Do they include digital sales and free to play titles like Fortnite, etc.? I am having a hard time accepting the 187.52M figure for the Switch...
Software sales don't include the download-only titles.
So any title which can be found in the 'Download-Only' section of the eShop sales charts is not counted here.
 

MasterChumly

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Oct 25, 2017
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How are the software sales calculated? Do they include digital sales and free to play titles like Fortnite, etc.? I am having a hard time accepting the 187.52M figure for the Switch...
That’s why Nintendo released the revenue per console figure because if they included free to play titles and digital only titles the software figure would be more than doubled.
 

Efejota

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Mar 13, 2018
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I bet a lot of the Mario Kart Wii sales are people who sold/misplaced their old copy and want to play again.

This was concerning New Super Mario Bros on original DS, but I overheard a family repurchasing the game because the boy had thrown their original copy out their car window.
I can also see it simply being that in some countries they can't afford the newest consoles or are getting them after.

My first home console was a NES and my second was a Wii, so I was playing with 15 year old games when I was a kid and couldn't care. By comparison, MKWii becomes 11 years old tomorrow in the US.
 
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Celine

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Nintendo will most probably sell its 2 billionth game on the Switch.
Nintendo has probably already sold more than 2 billion "first-party" games, it's just unaccounted for (publicly) because the approximation we have take in consideration only the million sellers (it's a good approximation overall but it represent a minimum).
 
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FTF

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Oct 28, 2017
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That 1.42m for Super Metroid will always be the most un-deservingly low # of all time. The goat deserves so much better.
 

plusaflag

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Nintendo has probably already sold more than 2 billion "first-party" games, it's just unaccounted for (publicly) because the approximation we have take in consideration only the million sellers (it's a good approximation overall but it represent a minimum).
Well, then their achievement is even more impressive so. Thanks for the correction.
 
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Celine

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How are the software sales calculated? Do they include digital sales and free to play titles like Fortnite, etc.? I am having a hard time accepting the 187.52M figure for the Switch...
That figure consider only the games that have a retail version.
If such games have also a digital version then their digital sales are also included.

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Whoops it was already answered.