Games: Switch Sales Surpass Wii U

Nintendo Fans have had a rough few years following the release, failure and demise of the Wii U.  Indeed, many loyal fans thought that the best days of Nintendo were behind them.  Then the Switch arrived on the scene in March 2017 and defied all expectations.

The company has announced that the Switch has outsold the Wii U lifetime sales in less than a year.  The Switch has put a monster number of over 14 million consoles sold.  By comparison, the Wii U sold 13.5 million units in 4 years, a number that the Big N would just soon forget.  The success of the Switch should help.  In fact, Nintendo Switch has become the fasted selling console in U.S. History.


Nintendo  has adjusted its forecast for the year ending in March, with a 33.3 percent greater operating profit of 160 billion yen ($1.47 billion) from 1.02 trillion yen ($9.38 billion) in revenue.  According to Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo President, “Switch sales during the holiday season were stronger than expected in Japan, the United States and Europe”.

Nintendo Switch has also enjoyed a high attach rate for its software.  The best selling Switch games are Super Mario Odyssey with over 9 million sold.  Coming in second is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 7.33 million followed by Breath of the Wild with 6.7 million units sole.


For more icing on the cake, Nintendo expects the Switch to reach 20 million units sold this year.  So, its no doubt that Nintendo Fans have a lot to be happy for.  The question remains whether Nintendo’s successful console has a longterm success.

Jonathan is a cohost of Weekly Games Chat with his friends Chris and Shaun.  Weekly Games Chat posts every Wednesday on most podcasting services.  You can email us at or find us on Twitter @weeklygameschat.

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