It has just been 10 months since its release. and it seems that the Nintendo Switch has outsold its predecessor the Wii U.
In the previous quarter, Nintendo sold 7.23 million Switch consoles, which brought it’s total sales to 14.86 million devices being sold, while the Wii U which went on sale in November 2012 has a total sales figure of 13.56 million units before it was discontinued, and marked as a commercial failure.
The sales for the Nintendo Switch were expected to reach 20 million units this year, and with a Pokemon game in the works to be released later this year, that sales target could be very well within reach. The best selling game for the Switch thus far is Super Mario Odyssey, which has sold 9.07 million copies since its release in October. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a ported version of the Wii U game has sold 7.33 million copies, while the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 6.7 million copies.
“Switch sales during the holiday season were stronger than expected in Japan, the United States and Europe,” Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said at an earnings briefing
One of the key factors to Switch’s success is how it has focused on the playability of its games rather than compete in terms of hardware or computational power with the likes of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Furthermore, with their latest cardboard AR device that is soon to be released, it shows that with the Switch, Nintendo is not afraid of innovating, which in turn, creates a unique platform for gamers to enjoy new aspects of gaming.