The 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch has been around since March 3, 2017. Back then, the little “console that could” hybrid had some pretty great games. Nintendo is known for its first-party games like Mario, Metroid, Zelda, and more, but some of the top-selling games on the console might surprise you. They all come straight from Nintendo or another Nintendo-adjacent company, whether it’s a fitness game or a cartoonish shooter.

The Nintendo Switch just celebrated overtaking the Sony PlayStation 1 as the fifth best-selling game console of all time. With a console that sells over 100 units, there are sure to be some high-selling games. This data all comes directly from Nintendo.

Here are the 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games.

ten. Ring shaped adventure – 12.21 million units

This is the biggest surprise on the list. Ring shaped adventure took the world by storm in 2020. It was sold out everywhere and it tapped into the nascent home exercise market amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This echoes the WiFi a little enthusiasm. Playing this one now is a bit fancy, but it does the job of getting your blood pumping a bit. Nintendo has been talking about crazy peripherals for its consoles since its debut, so this one makes perfect sense.

9. Splaton 2 – 12.68 million units

Splaton 2 is the closest thing to an FPS shooter with online multiplayer on Switch. It is also the newest of the proprietary Nintendo IPs. So for Splatoon getting here in just his second game is pretty impressive. We’re still waiting to see what happens next in this series, but they’ve got some big shoes to fill when it comes to sales.

8. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Let’s Go, Eevee! – 13.83 million units

While we waited for a legit, new Pokemon game on the Switch, we’re halfway between Pokemon Go and pokemon yellow redo with Come on Pikachu and Eevee. These might not satisfy hardcore Pokemaniacs, but for now, that was all we had as far as Pocket Monsters goes on the Switch. Casual audiences ate this one up with nearly 14 million units sold.

seven. Super Mario Party – 16.48 million units

mario party had a tough few years there. The games on Wii and WiiU were not as well received as the Gamecube installments. Super Mario Party didn’t reinvigorate the series as much as some had hoped, but the games are now back on track with the release of Mario Party Superstars.

6. Super Mario Odyssey – 21.95 million units

Speaking of getting back in shape, Super Mario Odyssey brought the series back to the 3D worlds we knew and loved Super Mario 64. Odyssey added more than enough original content to the Super Mario formula and it resulted in massive sales on the Nintendo Switch. We’re still waiting to see what Nintendo’s sequel to this game will be.

5. Pokémon Sword/Shield – 22.64 million units

Now for the first real, new, 3D Pokemon games on the Switch. Moving the series from 2.5D to the third dimension has been a boon for the series. Pokémon Sword and Shield gave us tons of new Pokemon to play with and a great story with quality-of-life improvements that remain true to the series to this day. Pokemon Legends Arceus is looking to bring the series to a new mood later this month.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 24.13 million units

Is this the best game of all time? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a force of nature when it launched with the Nintendo Switch in March 2017. There’s still no better way to experience the majesty of breath of the wild than on the Nintendo Switch. The long-awaited sequel is set to release later in 2022.

3. Super Smash Bros Ultimate – 25.71 million units

All characters from Smash Bros. It’s the selling point of what might be the best board game of all time. Simple controls, recognizable characters and addictive gameplay make Super Smash Bros Ultimate the biggest game in the series, and one of the best for any type of player to pick up and play. It will be hard for Nintendo to top this one whenever they decide to continue the Smash Bros. series.

2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 34.85 million units

Have you lived 2020 without Animal Crossing: New Horizons? This game has helped millions through the darkest days of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is part house simulator, and just part relaxing game. It’s simple and it lets you live out your dreams of being with anthropomorphic animals on a resort island in your building.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 38.74 million units

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe looks a lot like Smash Bros Ultimate of Mario Kart Games. It’s a remaster of the previous game on WiiU, but it also adds more content and makes the experience much better. Combined with WiiU sales, this behemoth of a game is the 8th best-selling video game of all time. animal crossing could possibly beat this one, but if you own a Nintendo Switch, you kind of need to have Mario Kart.

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