Nintendo Switch Outsells Predecessor, Wii U, In Just 10 Months

Nintendo Switch has been on the market less than 11 months, but it has already outsold its predecessor, the Wii U. Around 12.13 million Switch units were sold during the nine months ending December 31, 2017, with 2.74 million sold during the hybrid console’s debut month last March.

Overall, this means 14.87 million Switches had been sold by the end of December last year. As of October 31, 2017, Wii U hardware sales stood at 13.56 million. Barring an unlikely 1.31 million Wii U consoles being sold in November and December, this means the Switch has almost certainly outsold the Wii U. More up-to-date sales figures for Wii U have not been provided.

Switch sales are now not too far off those of the Gamecube, which sold 21.74 million, but they’re still far behind those of the ultra-successful Wii, which reached around 101.63 million units sold.

Nintendo has also confirmed that Super Mario Odyssey is the console’s best-selling game to date. The platformer sold 9 million units up until the end of December. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which launched in April 2017, sold 7.3 million units and Splatoon 2 reached 4.9 million units by the same date. According to Nintendo, it now has eight million-seller titles for the fiscal year, but includes games published by third parties in this figure.

The strong sales of Switch hardware and software have helped drive huge profit increases for Nintendo. The company’s overall revenue was up 176% year-on-year, while profit was up 494%. Switch enjoyed an impressive first year of exclusive games; for more on its lineup, check out our 17 best-reviewed Nintendo Switch games of 2017.

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