In the previous incarnation of Nintendo’s console effort, fans of the Wii U wondered if the struggling platform would even manage Dreamcast numbers: 10.9 million units. The Wii U did manage 13.56 million units in worldwide sales over the course of its six-year lifespan, technically surpassing the Dreamcast. However, Sega’s final console was on the market for only two years compared to the Wii U’s six. The numbers do not lie: things were looking so grim that those annoyed by the success of the original Wii as a “kiddie system” would mock, with no little satisfaction, that Nintendo was “Nintendoomed.” Despite Nintendo’s massive bankroll earned during the Wii era, speculation nevertheless began concerning Nintendo going 3rd party like Sega did; some fantasized the idea of Mario on PS4.
Instead, with the Switch, Nintendo has performed a 900-degree turn, with the extra spins indicating the violent nature in which the console-portable hybrid has taken the industry by storm.
Japan: according to Famitsu sales data, Switch has officially outsold Wii U lifetime sales this week (NSW: 3.407.158, WIIU: 3.301.555)
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Of course, these are only Japan’s numbers, but they are nevertheless a good indication of what the future may hold for Nintendo. Earlier this week, Nintendo reported that its Switch is the fastest-selleing console ever in the US:
“The home console that players can take wherever they go launched March 3, 2017, and in 10 months has sold more than 4.8 million units in the United States, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures. That’s the highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in U.S. history, surpassing Nintendo’s own Wii system, which was the previous record holder with more than four million units sold during the same timeframe.”
Nintendo expects to eclipse 14 million Switches sold in the console’s calendar year. It is currently sitting at 7.63 million worldwide, thus, it is only a matter of time. Even so, 2017 saw the release of Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Outpacing the Wii U’s LTD is only a matter of time, but will Nintendo be able to keep up this record-breaking momentum after already releasing such a large portion of their repertoire? Stay tuned in 2018!