Nintendo Switch outsold Wii U in less than a year


In less than a year. Nintendo has reported their Q3 2017 fiscal year financial report, confirming that the Nintendo Switch has sold 14.86 million hardware units to retailers since its launch on March 3, 2017, with figures accurate as of December 31, 2017. This means that the Switch has, in under ten months, exceeded the Wii U's lifetime sales by over a million. Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best selling games on Switch, around 9.07 million copies are sold it is release in past year.

Japanese RPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which launched on 1 December, sold one million units during its first month. Other hits were "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe", which moved 7.33 million copies, and "Splatoon 2", with 4.91 million.

In what may just be the most inevitable milestone in video game history, Nintendo has announced that the Switch has officially outsold the Wii U. However, with the holiday quarter over, all eyes will be on how well Nintendo can sustain (or perhaps increase) the Switch sales. Those are great accomplishments for an unconventional system, but what's surprising is that Nintendo reports that it could have done better. The Switch is on track to top consoles like the GameCube (21.74 million) and Nintendo 64 (32.93 million) in the next year.

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This number beats out its predecessor's lifetime sales, which is an fantastic accomplishment for a console that isn't even a year old.

This early success will probably come as no surprise to long-time Nintendo observers who know the portable space has always been Nintendo's golden goose and that home consoles since the Nintendo 64 have struggled against stiff competition from Sony and Microsoft. However, it's important to remember that not all of that revenue comes from the Nintendo Switch. What kind of games do you think we'll see before the year is over?

Also adding to this total is a long list of successful first party games like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, and the ongoing success of the Super NES Classic and various 3DS consoles and games.