The Nintendo Switch has outsold its predecessor the Wii U in just ten months on sale according to figures released yesterday. Sales were boosted by a great final quarter of 2017 with a massive 7.23 million Switch consoles sold in just three months. With a total of 14.86 million sold since the launch in March last year the quarter accounts for nearly half the total sales. In comparison the Wii U managed sales of just 13.56 million from November 2012 until it was discontinued last year.
Following the success of the holiday period the company has raised it’s profit forecast for the financial year (ending March) from 120 billion yen to 160 billion yen.
The success of the Nintendo Switch will be a welcome boost for the company. It has captured the imagination of the public in a way the Wii U just didn’t. The console is marketed as a hybrid between a handheld and a home console. The screen can be picked up and played like a handheld or when docked works more like a home console.
Software sales have been good for the company too. Super Mario Odyssey was released in October and is the best selling Nintendo Switch game with just over 9 million copies sold. The latest versions of other Nintendo stalwarts, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, have sold 7.33 million and 6.7 million copies respectively.
The Kyoto-based company reckons Switch sales will top 20 million by the end of 2018. That’s still some way to go before it catches the Wii but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Nintendo also confirmed an online susbcription service will be coming in September of this year after being delayed from 2017. This will be their equivalent of Playstation Network and Xbox Live.
They also hinted 2018 could be the year we see a Pokemon game coming to the console.