Nearly 15 million: Nintendo Switch has already bypassed the sales of Wii U

By: Bohdan Chub | 31.01.2018, 20:41
Nearly 15 million: Nintendo Switch has already bypassed the sales of Wii U

Even before the end of the first year of sales, the Nintendo Switch game console outperformed its predecessor Wii U. During the holiday period, Nintendo almost doubled the supply of new systems, and the results could be better if not for the deficit.

the hit of the season

In the fourth quarter of 2017, the company shipped 7.23 million Switch consoles, bringing the total to 14.86 million. Released in 2012, Wii U for five years sold only 13.56, and not becoming a bestseller. Where it will be more difficult to press the original Wii, which remains the best-selling home console Nintendo (101.63 million).


In terms of content, in a nine-month report, Nintendo reported eight games for Switch that crossed the millionth milestone. Among them, the platformer Super Mario Odyssey (9.07 million copies), the reissue of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (7.33 million), the game of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (6.7 million) and colorful shooter Splatoon 2 (4.91). In 2018, the company plans to exclude Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4 and Kirby Star Allies.

Expectedly interest in portable consoles of the 3DS family began to fall. Nintendo shipped 5.86 million systems, down 9% from the same period in 2016. Sales of games and did fell by 33% to 31.25 million copies (of which 7.17 million accounted for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon).

Revenues are rising

In the current financial year, which ends in March, Nintendo expects to generate revenues of over $ 9.3 billion and net profit of $ 1.47 billion, which is 33% higher than the original forecast. Segment of mobile games will bring the company about $ 268 million.

What's next?

The manufacturer has set out to sell 20 million Nintendo Switch in the next fiscal year. Given the recent announcement of the cardboard designer Nintendo Labo , it will not be difficult. In the meantime, enthusiasts hacked the console's security and prepared custom firmware with emulators of classic games and a full-fledged browser.

Source: Engadget