April 23, 2018

Switch Outsells Wii U in Less Than One Year

01 February 2018, 12:38 | Francis Delgado

Switch Outsells Wii U in Less Than One Year

Switch Outsells Wii U in Less Than One Year

As of October 31st, 2017, the Wii U sold 13.56 million units, and with the raging success of the Switch it is unlikely that the Wii U's sales have jumped an extra 1.3 million since then. In less than a year. To beef-up the sales Nintendo will fuel more 17.74 Million Switch units by March 2018.

The company expects Switch console sales to further rise to 20 million units or more next year starting April. 3 million systems were sold in the last quarter, bringing the total for the financial year to 5.86 million.

Nintendo, which relies heavily on Switch to drive its earnings, is looking to diversify its revenue sources by moving into new areas such as smartphone gaming and theme parks with its roster of popular characters.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - a rerelease of a Wii U title - has sold 7.33 million copies, with launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild selling 6.70 million.

According to Eurogamer, first-party game sales are incredibly high, with huge attachment rates. This was on sales of 857 bn yen ($7.8bn) and was buoyed by an operating profit of 156.452 bn yen ($1.44bn).

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This early success will probably come as no surprise to long-time Nintendo observers who know the portable space has always been Nintendo's golden goose and that home consoles since the Nintendo 64 have struggled against stiff competition from Sony and Microsoft.

Nintendo attributes a good chunk of that growth to the youngest member of its console family, and explained that Switch sales "rose substantially" during the holiday season. In fact, the console may even be able to eclipse the Wii's sales successes when all is said and done. On a table listing upcoming releases for primary Nintendo products, the untitled Pokemon Switch title is still scheduled for a "2018 or later" release.

"The smartphone business is yet to become a profit pillar for Nintendo", Mr Kimishima said.

On the software side, Nintendo says Super Mario Odyssey is the top-selling title with 9.07 million units.

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