Best Selling Nintendo Switch Video Games

There’s no denying that the Nintendo Switch is a popular console. It’s one of the three major players in the gaming market alongside Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox.

nintendo switch console on the desk

But Nintendo has made some unique and innovative choices with the Switch that differentiates it from the competition. And these features deserve some extra attention.

In this article we’ll first say a few words about Nintendo Switch and its history and then provide a table with the best-selling Nintendo Switch video games up to now.

A Console Built on Innovation

When the Switch was revealed to the public in 2016 people didn’t know what to make of it. Up until that point, there’d always been a firm differentiation between home consoles and handheld consoles.

You might be able to share data between the two. But for the most part companies with a handheld console would also market a totally independent console for the home.

In fact, that trend was started by Nintendo themselves when they released the original Gameboy at the dawn of the 90s. But Nintendo changed all that with the Switch.

The Switch was something new. It was a home console that was set to compete against the PlayStation and Xbox.

But the Switch was also a handheld that was in many ways the successor to Nintendo’s 3DS. This was all thanks to an innovative docking feature.

You can use the Switch at home by nesting it within a dock attached to your TV. This doesn’t just let you play Switch games on the TV. Using the dock also increases the performance of the Switch’s graphics processor.

One interesting point about the GPU speed increase is that it’s not actually coming from any hardware within the dock.

The Switch conserves power when it’s being used as a mobile device by slightly underclocking the GPU. And when it’s in dock mode, that underclocking is no longer needed.

It’s an elegant solution to the potential problems inherent with a powerful GPU paired with batteries that need to stay light and compact.

Nintendo also solved the potential issues inherent to external controls by creating “Joy-Con” controllers that can be used as an attachment for the Switch when it’s in portable mode.

And when the Switch is docked you can simply unhook the Joy-Cons for wireless play. All of these features make the Switch an elegant solution for people who want to enjoy games at home or abroad.

You can instantly grab your Switch from its dock and clip on the Joy-Con controllers. And it’s just as easy to toss it back onto the dock for a game on the big screen when you’re back home. ​

Newer Switch Models Build on Top of a Great Foundation

It’s clear that Nintendo put special emphasis on versatility and choice when designing the Switch.

It’s the first mainstream console that’s designed to let you game how you want anywhere you want. But the company has taken that idea even further by releasing a few variants on the main Switch design. The first is the Switch Lite.

The Switch Lite is primarily intended for people who only want to use the Switch as a portable system. The Lite uses a smaller screen to make it easier to carry around.

And because the Switch Lite can’t connect to a TV there’s no reason to disconnect the Joy-Cons from it. As such, the controllers on the Switch Lite aren’t removable.

The Switch Lite has two main advantages over the original Switch. It’s more streamlined for mobile use, and it’s significantly cheaper than the original model.

The Nintendo Switch OLED is the flip side of the Switch Lite. Instead of being a less expensive option in comparison to the original, the OLED is more expensive.

But that extra price comes with some nice perks. It has a larger and more vibrant screen than the original Switch. And the Switch OLED also has twice the internal storage as the original.

Now, let’s see the best selling Nintendo Switch video games showing the number of copies sold, the update date of the data and the launch date of the game title:

Best Selling Nintendo Switch Video Games

Nintendo Game TitleCopies SoldGenreDeveloperPublisherUpdate DateGame Release Date
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe48410000Kart racingNintendo EPDNintendo30/09/202228/04/2017
Animal Crossing: New Horizons40170000Social simulationNintendo EPDNintendo30/09/202220/03/2020
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate29530000FightingBandai Namco StudiosSora Ltd.Nintendo30/09/202207/12/2018
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild27790000Action-adventureNintendo EPDNintendo30/09/202203/03/2017
Pokémon Sword and Shield25370000Role-playingGame FreakThe Pokémon CompanyNintendo30/09/202215/11/2019
Super Mario Odyssey24400000PlatformerNintendo EPDNintendo30/09/202227/10/2017
Super Mario Party18350000PartyNDcubeNintendo30/09/202205/10/2018
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl14920000Role-playingILCAThe Pokémon CompanyNintendo30/09/202219/11/2021
Ring Fit Adventure14870000Exergamerole-playingNintendo EPDNintendo30/09/202218/10/2019
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!14810000Role-playingGame FreakThe Pokémon CompanyNintendo30/09/202216/11/2018
Pokémon Legends: Arceus13910000Action role-playingGame FreakThe Pokémon CompanyNintendo30/09/202228/01/2022
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe13310000PlatformerNintendo EPDNintendo31/03/202211/01/2019
Splatoon 213300000Third-person shooterNintendo EPDNintendo31/03/202221/07/2017
Luigi’s Mansion 311430000Action-adventureNext Level GamesNintendo31/03/202231/10/2019
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet10000000Role-playingGame FreakThe Pokémon CompanyNintendo20/11/202218/11/2022
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury9430000PlatformerNintendo EPDNintendo31/03/202212/02/2021
Super Mario 3D All-Stars9070000PlatformercompilationNintendoNintendo31/12/202118/09/2020
Mario Party Superstars8070000PartyNDcubeNintendo30/09/202229/10/2021
Splatoon 37900000Third-person shooterNintendo EPDNintendo30/09/202209/09/2022
Super Mario Maker 27890000PlatformerLevel editorNintendo EPDNintendo31/12/202128/06/2019
Monster Hunter Rise7700000Action role-playingCapcomCapcom31/12/202126/03/2021
Nintendo Switch Sports6150000SportsNintendo EPDNintendo30/09/202229/04/2022
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening6080000Action-adventureGrezzoNintendo31/12/202120/09/2019
Kirby and the Forgotten Land5270000PlatformerHAL LaboratoryNintendo30/09/202225/03/2022
Mario Tennis Aces4280000SportsCamelot Software PlanningNintendo31/12/202122/06/2018
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics4220000Tabletop gameNDcubeNintendo31/03/202205/06/2020
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze4120000PlatformerRetro StudiosNintendo31/12/202104/05/2018
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity4000000Hack and slashOmega .plainlist ol,.mw-parser-output .plainlist ul{line-height:inherit;list-style:none;margin:0;padding:0}.mw-parser-output .plainlist ol li,.mw-parser-output .plainlist ul li{margin-bottom:0}JP: Koei TecmoNA/PAL: Nintendo04/01/202220/11/2020
Kirby Star Allies3980000PlatformerHAL LaboratoryNintendo31/12/202116/03/2018
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD3910000Action-adventureTantalus MediaNintendo31/03/202216/07/2021
Fire Emblem: Three Houses3820000Tactical role-playingIntelligent SystemsKoei TecmoNintendo31/12/202126/07/2019
1-2-Switch3630000PartyNintendo EPDNintendo31/12/202103/03/2017
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban!3500000Board gameKonamiJP: Konami22/03/202219/11/2020
Paper Mario: The Origami King3340000Role-playingaction-adventureIntelligent SystemsNintendo31/12/202117/07/2020
Minecraft3310000SandboxsurvivalMojangJP: Xbox Game StudiosNA/PAL: Mojang22/10/202211/05/2017
Among Us3200000Partysocial deductionInnerslothInnersloth31/12/202015/12/2020
Yoshi’s Crafted World3010000PlatformerGood-FeelNintendo31/12/202129/03/2019
Metroid Dread2900000Action-adventureMercurySteamNintendo EPDNintendo31/03/202208/10/2021
New Pokémon Snap2740000PhotographyBandai Namco StudiosJP: The Pokémon CompanyNA/PAL: Nintendo15/05/202230/04/2021
Arms2660000FightingNintendo EPDNintendo31/12/202116/06/2017
Xenoblade Chronicles 22440000Action role-playingMonolith SoftNintendo31/12/202101/12/2017
Mario Golf: Super Rush2350000SportsCamelot Software PlanningNintendo31/03/202225/06/2021
Pikmin 3 Deluxe2230000Real-time strategypuzzleNintendo EPDEightingNintendo31/12/202130/10/2020
Mario Strikers: Battle League2170000SportsNext Level GamesNintendo30/09/202210/06/2022
Octopath Traveler2160000Role-playingSquare EnixAcquireJP: Square EnixNA/PAL: Nintendo02/01/202213/07/2018
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker2130000Action puzzleNintendo EPDNintendo31/12/202113/07/2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ2010000FightingArc System WorksBandai Namco Entertainment31/12/202127/09/2018
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle2000000Tactical role-playingUbisoft ParisUbisoft MilanNA/PAL: UbisoftJP/KOR: Nintendo[18]02/09/201829/08/2017
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX1890000RoguelikeSpike ChunsoftNintendo31/12/202106/03/2020
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!1890000RhythmBandai Namco StudiosBandai Namco Entertainment31/12/202119/07/2018
Xenoblade Chronicles 31720000Action role-playingMonolith SoftNintendo30/09/202229/07/2022
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition1680000Action role-playingMonolith SoftNintendo31/12/202129/05/2020
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain1590000PuzzleNintendo EPDNintendo31/03/202203/12/2021
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit1580000Kart racingaugmented realityVelan StudiosNintendo31/12/202116/10/2020
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 21550000FightingDimpsBandai Namco Entertainment31/12/202107/09/2017
Pokkén Tournament DX1540000FightingBandai Namco StudiosJP: The Pokémon CompanyNA/PAL: Nintendo02/01/202222/09/2017
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order1500000Action role-playingTeam NinjaNintendo31/12/202119/07/2019
Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit1420000Construction kitNintendo EPDNintendo31/12/202020/04/2018
Astral Chain1280000Action-adventure, Hack and SlashPlatinumGamesNintendo31/12/202130/08/2019
WarioWare: Get It Together!1270000PartyNintendo EPDIntelligent SystemsNintendo31/03/202210/09/2021
Naruto Shippudden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy1260000FightingCyberConnect2Bandai Namco Entertainment31/12/202127/07/2017
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch1200000PuzzleNintendo EPD, indieszeroNintendo31/12/202127/12/2019
Resident Evil: Revelations Collection1200000Survival horrorCapcomCapcom30/06/202227/11/2017
Game Builder Garage1060000ProgrammingNintendo EPDNintendo31/03/202211/06/2021
Bayonetta 21040000Action-adventure, Hack and SlashPlatinumGamesNintendo31/12/202116/02/2018
Enter the Gungeon1000000Bullet hellDodge RollDevolver Digital03/03/201914/12/2017
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes1000000Hack and slashRole-playingOmega ForceJP: Koei TecmoNA/PAL: Nintendo17/08/202224/06/2022
Fitness Boxing1000000ExergamerhythmImagineerJP: ImagineerNA/PAL: Nintendo08/09/202020/12/2018
Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise1000000ExergamerhythmImagineerJP: ImagineerNA/PAL: Nintendo09/12/202104/12/2020
Shin Megami Tensei V1000000Role-playingAtlusJP: AtlusNA: SegaPAL: Nintendo18/04/202211/11/2021
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town1000000Simulationrole-playingMarvelousXseed Games18/11/202125/02/2021
Thief Simulator1000000StealthNoble MuffinsForever Entertainment16/07/202119/05/2019

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