Less than a year after launch, the Nintendo Switch has officially surpassed the Wii U in sales.
Switch sales have been rocketing upwards, on track to pass Wii U sales since last October and with Japanese-exclusive sales already passing the Wii U earlier this month. Now, though, Nintendo has released worldwide sales numbers, and it seems as if the holiday boost was enough to push the Switch to the top.
According to Nintendo’s numbers, the Nintendo Switch had sold 14.86 million units as of December 31st, 2017. The Wii U, in comparison, sold just 13.56 million units over its entire lifetime. The Nintendo 3DS is also still proving to be an immensely popular console, with 71.99 million units sold over the handheld device’s lifetime.
Nintendo Switch players have also bought 52.57 million games, most of which come down to a few big sellers. Super Mario Odyssey alone has sold 9.07 million copies which, considering that the game is just over three months old at this point, is incredibly high and beats out even The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (sitting at 6.7 million copies sold currently). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 have also sold incredibly well, moving 7.33 million and 4.91 million units respectively.
While some may see the Switch as competition for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo reports that 3DS sales “did not weaken after the launch of the Nintendo Switch,” and in fact grew over the holiday season, likely due to the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. However, overall software sales on the 3DS have declined year-over-year.
Nintendo hopes to keep sales strong as the Nintendo Switch approaches its first-year anniversary, with games like the Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze rereleases in the works, as well as all-new entries in the Kirby, Yoshi, and Fire Emblem franchises.
Source: Nintendo Japan