Nintendo Switch Outsold Wii U In Just 10 Months


Earlier this month, Nintendo knocked the socks off of the Internet with just a few slabs of cardboard. 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 had updated the number of Switch consoles shipped until the end of a year ago and also shared a forecast of estimated expected units to ship until the end of March 2018.

The console "surged past initial expectations in Japan, the US and Europe" during the holiday season, President Tatsumi Kimishima said at Wednesday's earnings briefing. The Switch is on track to top consoles like the GameCube (21.74 million) and Nintendo 64 (32.93 million) in the next year.

It was also reported that Super Mario Odyssey was the most successful game sold during this financial year, shifting 9.07 million copies since its October launch.

The console has confounded experts with its success despite lacking the power of Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, and despite its inability to stream movies or browse the web.

Super Mario Odyssey is also now on track to become the best selling 3D Mario game of all-time.

The leap is especially surprising considering the Switch doesn't even have a Virtual Console yet.

As a comparison, the Wii U only managed 13.56 million console sales across its entire four-year lifespan. The Wii U went on sale in November 2012 and moved 13.56 million units before Nintendo ended production previous year.

But the company announced in mid-December that it had sold more than 10 million Switch units since the March 2017 launch. If we look at the data provided by Nintendo, first-party sales are impressive.

Of course, this has resulted in Nintendo's most profitable quarter since 2009, even boosting its operating profit by 32.26 billion yen from just past year as the company sits at 116.50-billion-yen profit (approximately £755m/$1.07 billion). In the meanwhile, its older cousin, the 3DS, reached a whopping 71.99 million units shipped. In fact, the console may even be able to eclipse the Wii's sales successes when all is said and done.