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Nintendo's Switch surpasses Wii U's lifetime sales

Published: 12:00, 31 January 2018
Nintendo's Switch console with red Joy-Cons attached

Nintendo's latest console has now surpassed the Wii U in sales. The Switch has sold 14.86 million units until the end of December, 2017. This adds up to more consoles than Wii U managed to move during its entire lifespan.

Nintendo's hybrid console that launched in March 2017 has now officially sold more units than Wii U managed to move during its entire lifetime. The Switch has sold 7.23 million units in the last quarter alone, and it went on to sell a total of 14.86 million consoles until the end of December.

Nintendo's latest console surpassed the in early December, 2017, so Nintendo tweaked its forecast for the financial year ending in March, 2018: with a 33.3 percent greater operating profit of 160 billion yen (£1.04 billion) from 1.02 trillion yen (£6.63 billion) in revenue.

The Pokemon Company Pokken Tournament DX on the Switch Pokken Tournament DX on the Switch

"Switch sales during the holiday season were stronger than expected in Japan, the United States and Europe," said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima at an earnings briefing.

Switch's software sales are on par with the console, thanks to a high attachment rate. To put things into perspective,  has sold over 9 million copies since it launched in October. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have sold 7.33 million and 6.7 million copies respectively.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has, at one point in time, sold more copies than the Switch itself because the fans kept buying one copy to play on their new console and another to have as a collector's item. 

Nintendo Link standing on a rock overlooking Hyrule in Breath of the Wild The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In the light of recent events, Nintendo has stated that the new expected numbers for the Switch are 20 million this year.

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