In less than a year, Nintendo Switch has surpassed Wii U's lifetime sales
We reported almost two months ago that Nintendo had shipped more than 10 million Switch consoles, and the popularity of the hybrid console is still incredibly high. The company has reached yet another major milestone by surpassing the lifetime sales of its predecessor, the Wii U, in less than a year.
The Nintendo Switch console hit the shelves on March 3rd, 2017 and managed to sell a whopping 14.86 million units in 2017 according to a quarterly Investor Relations report released by the company. To make things even more impressive, this number doesn't take sales from January into account. With these impressive sales statistics, the hybrid console has been a major success so far. Nintendo’s previous home console – the Wii U – only managed to achieve 13.56 million lifetime sales. The Switch has already proven to be a worthy successor.
Nintendo also released sales reports of software titles on the Switch, with a total of 52.57 million units sold in the previous year. The recently released Super Mario Odyssey is by far the most popular title for the console with over 9.07 million units sold. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also does quite well at 7.33 million. The bronze medal goes to the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild at 6.70 million units, and the colorful shooter Splatoon 2 managed to sell 4.91 million copies to take the fourth place.
Nintendo estimated to sell 100 million units of the Wii U and final sales were disappointing, to say the least. However, it seems like Nintendo has finally found success in the home console market again. The company has a number of upcoming exclusive releases planned for the Switch including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the Bayonetta series, and a new Kirby game. Time will tell if Nintendo will be able to keep selling their hybrid consoles like hotcakes, but it looks like the success of the Switch won't stagnate anytime soon.