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Nintendo Switch outsells NES but hasn't toppled Wii

The hybrid gadget has become Nintendo's second-best-selling console.

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The Nintendo Switch beat the NES in lifetime sales earlier this year and became the company's second-best-selling console, Nintendo's latest financial earnings report revealed Thursday. The hybrid console has sold 68.30 million units, compared with the NES' 61.91 million, as previously reported by Nintendo Life.

The Switch overtook the SNES' 49.1 million lifetime sales over the 2019 holiday season.

Between April and September, Nintendo sold 12.53 million Switches. The console is still way behind the Wii, which remains the company's top seller, with 101.63 million units sold.

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Of the Switches sold, the standard Switch (which came out in March 2017) has sold 57.93 million units and the portable-only Switch Lite (out since September 2019) has sold 10.36 million units.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which came out in March, remains the console's second-highest-selling game, with 26.04 million copies sold. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still No. 1, having sold 28.99 million copies since 2017, according to Nintendo Life.