It's Official, In 10 Months, Switch Has Outsold Lifetime Wii U Sales

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Nintendo Switch sales have already surpassed the Wii U with 14.86 million

Overall Nintendo has had an exceptional quarter and, indeed, year since the Switch was launched.

If you needed any more proof that the Nintendo Switch is a rip-roaring success (which you really didn't), Nintendo has revealed that its new console, which only launched in March of a year ago, has already outsold the Wii U in terms of total sales. A reported 7.23 million of those units were sold in the last quarter alone.

After launching in March last year, Nintendo has sold 14.86 million Switch units, almost 900,000 ahead of its 2017 target with three months left of its financial year.

Nintendo raised its annual net profit forecast by more than 40% on Wednesday, January 31, after its popular Switch console flew off the shelves during the holiday season, fuelled by a cheaper yen. Between November 2012 when it launched to its death in 2017, Nintendo sold 13.56 million Wii Us.

Nintendo now expects full-year net profit to grow 17% to 120 billion yen.


If you ever wanted to understand the potential of high-quality single-player games, you need look no further than Nintendo.

Nintendo posted an operating profit of $1.07 billion for the third quarter, up nearly four-fold from a year ago.

Sales of Nintendo Switch have surpassed those of the company's previous console, Wii U, in just nine months.

As mentioned above, it's hard to say whether this could be a new project being put together by Nintendo, or something already part of an existing development. Squid-based shooter Splatoon has sold through 4.91 million units. After that comes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 7.33 million units and then The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild bringing up the rear with 6.7 million copies shifted since April.

The figures, announced this morning by Nintendo, are impressive - but especially notable as Switch has now eclipsed lifetime sales of its failed predecessor Wii U.

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