Nintendo Switch Worldwide Sales Surpass Wii U

Nintendo has confirmed that worldwide lifetime sales for the Switch have surpassed Wii U in less than ten months on market.

The Nintendo Switch has continuously surpassed expectations since it launched ten months ago. Nintendo’s latest hardware was difficult to find on shelves last year, and was the best-selling console for a majority of the months after launch. Well, Nintendo revealed their third quarter results for the fiscal year, and Nintendo has managed to beat their previous console’s sales.

In just ten months, the Nintendo Switch has managed to surpass the Wii U’s lifetime sales. Switch currently sits at 14.86 million units sold compared to Wii U’s 13.56 million units. It’s an extraordinary reversal in fortune for a company whose previous console, the Wii U, was such a colossal flop. Much of the Switch’s success can be attributed to the strong lineup of titles Nintendo released last year. A total of eight games managed to sell over a million units, including a slew of Nintendo developed games:

  • Super Mario Odyssey – 9.07 million units
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7.33 million units
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 6.7 million units
  • Splatoon 2 – 4.91 million units
  • 1-2-Switch – 1.88 million units
  • ARMS – 1.61 million units
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 1.06 million units

Nintendo hopes to continue the Switch’s success in 2018 with the release of new first-party titles, including ports of Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 1 and 2, as well as third-party titles like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.