Nintendo Switch outsells entire Wii U sales in 10 months

Posted February 01, 2018

In less than a year. The Wii U went on sale in November 2012 and moved 13.56 million units before Nintendo ended production previous year.

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has reported its most profitable quarter since 2009, largely thanks to the success of its 10-month-old Switch console. "Super Mario Odyssey", the newest entry in the franchise starring the company's mascot, sold 9.07 million copies between its October release and the end of December. Nintendo also managed to sell 3 million 3DS hardware units during the period, down from 3.7 million units a year ago.

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To put it into perspective, Super Mario Odyssey has sold more copies than any single Wii U game in its four year life span. Mario Kart 8 was only able to sell 8.4m units on the Wii U. To put it into perspective, Wii U has been out for almost five years and sold 13.5 million during this time, while Switch only arrived 10 months ago.

Nintendo's newest game console has outsold its predecessor in just ten months. On a table listing upcoming releases for primary Nintendo products, the untitled Pokemon Switch title is still scheduled for a "2018 or later" release.

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When the Switch was released in spring 2017, there were questions about if Nintendo would be able to survive as a console maker.

Analysts believe Nintendo's plan to launch "Labo", LEGO-style accessories for the console that kids can build themselves on cardboard sheets, could bring in a younger audience. Kimishima said more new titles were on the way. Counting third-party releases, eight Switch games have become million-sellers, a benchmark for hit status.

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The system also gave Nintendo's download business a shot in the arm, with "brisk" digital sales on the Switch helping to bump up the company's total download revenue by 87 percent to 43.1 billion yen ($395.7 million).