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.