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Whisper it, but when all’s said and done, we reckon there’s a distinct chance the Nintendo Switch will have outsold even the PS2 – it’s certainly on track to do so. For now, the hybrid hardware’s latest achievement is outselling the PS4 in the United States, as confirmed in the latest NPD report, which is impressive considering it’s only been on the market for five years compared to the Sony console’s nine.

The reality is that the Nintendo Switch is just extraordinarily popular, with juggernaut exclusive games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Its form factor also makes it more viable for repeated purchases; there are likely to be many households with more than one Nintendo Switch in them, while most families will have settled for a single PS4.

Ultimately, this just speaks to the overall vibrancy of the video game industry right now, though. PS4 may have been overtaken by the Nintendo Switch in the USA, but it’s still one of the most successful consoles of all time, and nothing can take that away. In global terms, the Nintendo Switch needs to sell another nine million or so units to overtake the PS4 worldwide, which will likely happen in the next year.

It’s still got just under 50 million to go in order to topple the PS2, though…