Nintendo Switch Bursts through 10 million Sales Milestone

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Nintendo’s Switch has motored past the 10 million worldwide sales mark, despite only being in the shops for nine months. Hitting that milestone marks a major comeback in the console market for Nintendo, after the Wii U proved to be a sales flop.

Hitting 10 million sales so quickly is a sure sign that the Switch has struck a chord with gamers – its unique ability to operate as a fixed console or a handheld appears to have helped, and its motion-sensing Joy-Con controllers, which hark back to the Wii U’s Wii Remote, have garnered praise amongst users.

In its first nine months of existence, it has quickly built a library of blockbusting games such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The Wii U, in contrast, received criticism for lacking games from Nintendo’s traditional franchises, took three years to pass the 10 million-mark and ended up selling less than 14 million units. So it remains possible that the Switch could overtake the Wii U’s lifetime sales in just one year.

Nintendo’s previous console, 2006’s Wii, gives the Switch a great target to aim at: with over 101 million sales worldwide, the Wii remains the best-selling games console ever. In order for the Switch to give the Wii a run for its money in sales terms, Nintendo will have to keep up the flow of Switch games, and the company pointed out that next year, Switch owners will be able to buy the likes of Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta 2, a new Yoshi game and important third-party titles like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. 

It is expected that plenty more Switch games will be announced during 2018; we’ll bring you news of those as it unfolds, and you can always keep your eye on Nintendo’s Switch website.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.