Switch outsells Wii U in less than a year


Nintendo’s Switch has already surpassed the Wii U’s cumulative lifetime sales, despite being on sale for less than a year.

Nintendo’s latest financial report shows that 14.86 million Switch consoles were sold before the end of 2017 – more than its predecessor, the Wii U, managed in its entire life-cycle, shifting a miserable (by console standards) 13.56 million units.

The Switch’s sales figures are impressive all round: over 47 million Switch games have now been sold, with Super Mario Odyssey alone accounting for more than 9.07 million of those. The Japanese company’s revenues grew to $7.88 billion for the nine months to the end of December 2017, breeding profits for the period of $1.26 billion, so the Switch’s success has a stunning effect on Nintendo’s finances.

According to the financial report, in 2017 eight Switch games shifted a million units or more. After the way in which the Wii U flopped, many financial pundits suggested that Nintendo was in the last-chance saloon. By hitting back – and capturing the public’s imagination — with the Switch, the company has proved them wrong.

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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.