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Nintendo Switch continues to dominate, surpasses lifetime Wii U sales

by Brandon Russell | January 31, 2018January 31, 2018 9:30 am PST

In just 10 months, the Nintendo Switch has surpassed the lifetime sales of the Wii U, which was on sale from November 2012 to January 2017. To date, Nintendo has sold more than 14.86 million units of the Switch—the Wii U reached 13.56 million units—buoyed by a healthy holiday period.

The stats came in Nintendo’s earnings report that covered a three month period ending in December 2017. During that time, the company sold 7.23 million Switch units, complemented by terrific software sales:

For the Nintendo Switch software, Super Mario Odyssey was released in October and has been a big hit, with global sales reaching 9.07 million units. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, released in April, has sold 7.33 million units, and Splatoon 2, released in July, has sold 4.91 million units, bringing to 8 the total number of million-seller titles for this fiscal year including the titles of other software publishers.

Nintendo also confirmed hardware sales of the 3DS grew in the U.S. despite the launch of the Switch. However, interest in the 3DS is down overall, as Nintendo noted a nine percent decrease on a year-on-year basis. Software sales for the 3DS also declined by a whopping 33 percent on a year-on-year basis, according to Nintendo.

As a whole, Nintendo’s operating profit jumped 261 percent on a year-on-year basis, which is a staggering increase. Much of Nintendo’s rise has to do with the Switch’s arrival, though the company also introduced the Super NES Classic Edition and had a healthy presence on mobile devices.

What’s surprising is Nintendo could have done better had the company kept up with demand for the Switch. When the console launched, it was immensely difficult to find and supply remained relatively constrained throughout the year.

With an even bigger year ahead—the possibility of a Virtual Console for Switch and an N64 Classic—Nintendo may report even larger operating profit by this time next year.

Kotaku

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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