Nintendo Switch Outsells Lifetime Wii U Sales in 10 Months

Switch, which launched worldwide on March 3, 2017, sold 14.86 million units as of December 31,

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Switch has sold over 14.86 million units as of December 31st of last year. This means the Switch has outsold the Wii U’s lifetime sales in merely ten months, as its predecessors sold roughly 14 million units in the span of five years.

Nintendo also detailed software sales, noting total software sales on the Switch have topped 52.57 million units. Here’s a breakdown of the highest-selling games for the Switch:

  1. Super Mario Odyssey – 9.07mm units
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7.33mm units
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 6.70mm units
  4. Splatoon 2 – 4.91mm units
  5. 1-2-Switch – 1.88mm units
  6. Arms – 1.61mm units
  7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 1.06mm units

The Nintendo Switch is now available worldwide, for $299.

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  • Anon_Amous

    Doesn’t hurt to crank out a commercially poor hardware unit to motivate more effort. Just ask PS3 to PS4. Before somebody spergs because of PS3 total lifetime sales, it was expensive to produce, hardware costs were god awful across the generation.

  • Mr0303

    Well it is an objectively better system for gamers, so hopefully Nintendo gets a hint.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    I own both a Switch and a PS4. But I always wonder why people feel the need to shit on the PS4 in every Switch sales article considering its sold 6 times as many units. 10 Million units is great, don’t get me wrong. But trying to hype it up as much as I see here is silly. The PS3 sold at about the same rate as the Switch, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing console generations be that long again. The Switch just needs to keep coming with games people like and it’ll keep doing well.

  • Mechonis

    Now they just need to keep making games people want and not cardboard that costs $70

  • Snorlaxation

    both good and sad.
    Here’s hoping things continue to go up

  • Version_8

    Mario Odyssey is such a fun game. I feel bad I never use it as a portable device. They really should have a stationary version of the Switch for dudes like me.

  • Mr0303

    “But I always wonder why people feel the need to shit on the PS4 in every Switch sales article” – simple. It is easy to hate the popular girl.

  • Bulldozer

    Mario Odyssey is such a fun game. I feel bad I never use it as a portable device. They really should have a stationary version of the Switch for dudes like me.

  • CZ

    I think the biggest problem is not that they’re doing a stupid cardboard toy that appeals to kids and “Rapists and pedophiles, er I mean the soyboy brigade”, but rather it might dampen enthusiasm for the system, especially as the success of the system has been predominantly pushed by core titles, and that’s what they need to concentrate and focus for the next year, in order to continue to grow the user base.
    The problem I see with this cardboard crap, is it will sell, but the timing would be better if it was marketed and launch for the end of year in the run-up to Christmas 2018, instead it’s coming in March as some type of filler for their own lineup, instead of utilizing the gap in their own output, they could use it to promote third-party titles.
    Instead of having this nonsense which will just obscure the messaging that switch is a core system, which is definitely the last thing you want to do, as typically that does affect core third-party titles sales, as we all know that the casuals have no interest in them typically.

  • CZ
  • Blazing Fist of Justice

    Can I ask how it’s better?

    I’m not saying it isn’t, but whenever I consider getting a Switch I really only think about Mario and Zelda, the latter of which I’ve already played and enjoyed on the Wii U. The system definitely has good games, but a solid chunk of them are ports from the Wii U which I’ve already played and it seems now that a lot of other ports, i.e. The World Ends With You, are finding their way to the Switch.

    Nothing wrong with ports and it makes total sense to release something like DK Tropical Freeze on a system people are actually buying, but it’s just not enough to make me want to buy one. The portable aspect of it is great, but I’m not the kind of person who would get a lot of use out of that as I don’t travel much and I’m not bringing it with me to work. And if I’m being honest, I really can’t stand how the joy-cons feel. It’s great that they made a wonderful pro controller to go along with it, but that’s of course an extra $70.

    I’m glad the thing is doing well and I hope it continues to find success with more robust games being launched on it. But for me it really does come down to a hardware thing at the moment. It’s cool that Doom is on the system, but I’d rather play it on a platform that can handle it rather than play it at a nerfed frame rate. And as handy as the Switch is, it’s still not going to get a lot of support from more robust titles that demand more from the hardware.

    Again, I’m glad people enjoy it and that Nintendo is doing well with it, but I just can’t find a reason to go in aside from Mario.

  • totenglocke

    Agreed. Nintendo should have waited at least another year and fixed their online services as well as released virtual console before announcing Nintendo Cardboard. I can see a lot of people who were on the fence deciding not to get a Switch after seeing Nintendo Cardboard.

  • totenglocke

    > Switch sells 14.8 million units in 10 months

    > PS4 fanboy calls it 10 million to support his position

    Makes sense. Also, if you have any reading comprehension, he was saying that the PS3’s bad start caused Sony to really do a good job with the PS4 right from the beginning to ensure strong sales.

  • totenglocke

    Except the guy he’s saying “shit on the PS4” was actually complimenting it. The Wii U flopped and Nintendo pulled their head out of their ass to kill it with the Switch. The PS3 had a very rough first few years and Sony pulled their head out of their ass to kill it with the PS4 right from the beginning.

  • totenglocke

    How is it better? More powerful hardware, no forced gimmicks like the gamepad second screen or mandatory motivation controls, it’s also portable for if you want to take it somewhere (I play 99.9% in docked mode, but if your traveling or hanging out with other gamers, it’s easy to take with you) which is extra handy if you have a friend with a Switch but you own a multiplayer game they don’t have – just pop your Switch in their dock and you’re good to go without messing with cables.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    The Switch has like three good games that I can’t just play on my Wii U or PS4. Maybe it’s just because I already have a 3DS for when I want to play games on the go, so it’s portable gimmick doesn’t interest me in the slightest, but I can’t really think of any reason why the Switch is a better system than the Wii U unless you’re talking purely from a technical standpoint.

  • Blazing Fist of Justice

    Well I wouldn’t say the Switch doesn’t have forced gimmicks. I think it’s widely accepted that Mario Odyssey’s only real black mark is that it forces motion controls on the player when most would rather stick to button mashing. And while the whole cardboard thing isn’t a forced gimmick by any means, I think it does show Nintendo’s insistence on pushing motion controls. I don’t know if that’s just a Japanese thing or what, but I rarely talk to people who are enthusiastic over waggling their controllers.

    And the second screen on the Wii U really wasn’t a bad thing for games that utilized it properly. I’ve never played Splatoon, but I hear a lot of people say that the sequel suffers a bit because you had an active map on the second screen that was really helpful in warping around the arena and that’s gone now with the Switch. Pikmin 3 also utilized it well as did Mariokart and I think Mario Maker goes without saying. This isn’t me saying Nintendo should have stuck with it, but when it worked it worked well. I played BoTW on Wii U and I found myself wishing the gamepad would have had an active map that I could utilize for quick travel instead of just “tap hear to play on gamepad.”

    I definitely see the appeal of the Switch and I think it has great utility, I just don’t see it as infallible.

  • Kiryu

    I wanna see a new F-Zero on Switch.

  • Kiryu

    Well deserved.See Nintendo,this is what happens when you target gamers not sjws.

  • Shattno

    The king is dead. Long live the king.

  • Mr0303

    I gave a reason why people would shit on the PS4 on articles about the Switch sales. My explanation seems pretty valid.

  • Mr0303

    Well the gimmick this time around makes more sense and caters to the hardcore crowd rather than the tablet using casuals. The NS does have some of the same problems as the Wii U, but the support for it has been much better from both Nintendo and third parties.

  • Mr0303

    I personally don’t own one and the only games on it that I’m interested in are the Bayonetta 2&3 and the Senran Kagura titles. That being said the remote play aspect is something that can be used by core gamers and it is not as useless as the Wii U gamepad. Also the support for the NS has been a bit better than its predecessor.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Wii U had a better first year, too.

  • Travis Touchdown

    I still remember when you cucks were saying that Nintendo was doomed.

    >Switch will outperform PS4, and destroy PS5
    >Labo will be huge
    >Amiibo will continue to be huge
    >These huge AAA franchises will continue to flounder. Anthem WILL destroy Bioware.

  • PChandler

    “… not to get a Switch after seeing Nintendo Cardboard”—

    Yep, cardboard seems to be their priority now, instead of building of a cohesive, comprehensive online infrastructure and ecosystem. DO NOT WANT

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    They’ve got some good stuff coming in the future like Metroid Prime 4, Kirby, Yoshi, Pokemon Switch, Dragon Quest 11, and other stuff like Octopath.

    The cardboard thing is stupid, but at least its not all they have to offer.

  • iswear12

    I wonder how many of those will end up being 60$ starting price

  • iswear12

    Nintendo *is* a huge AAA company you mongoloid, in fact they’re the biggest japanese company overall
    Amiibo is cancer
    Labo being huge is a terrible thing overall for anyone who actually cares about video games and not cardboard and retarded gimmicks
    Switch outperforming PS4 doesn’t mean much when the PS4 has incredible market penetration already, aside from that its petty console wars bullshit (and not to mention, if Nintendo doesn’t come up with a handheld iteration or system, you have to subtract an entire revenue stream from the equation of success, or combine it but you can’t really quantify that)
    I also don’t recall anyone saying Nintendo was “doomed”. They can make retarded decisions and lose money on them, if the Switch flopped that would’ve been 2 consoles of their’s that had flopped and they would’ve had a *chance* of having some severe issues with only their handheld income to subsist on, but as it is they’re fine.

  • Eli Wintercross

    It’s $100 cardboard in aussie land.

  • Eli Wintercross

    I am almost 100% certain it will come in a year or two.
    They made a non 3d version of the 3ds after all.

  • orbo

    Probably all of them like most console games?
    Although I get discounts on all my switch games since amazon gives 20% off switch game pre-orders with prime.

  • orbo

    I am almost 100% certain that it wont.
    This is not a dedicated handheld system and is not marketed like one.
    The whole gimmick of the system is that it can be stationary or portable on a whim, and a version that can only do one mode defeats the whole point and makes it not a switch anymore.
    Also Nintendo Labo, also it would confuse customers which they definitely do not want to do after the wiiu. (imagine trying to explain to a customer why labo or this joycon isn’t compatible with their specific version of their “nintendo” which they already paid $300 for)
    Then there’s the people that think there’s going to be a smaller, portable only version without understanding that it’s already a small miracle they got the switch hardware down to the size it is at $300 and making it even smaller would make the price skyrocket.

    They might add more internal storage or a better battery, but don’t expect a revision on the shape of the system itself.

  • And people didn’t believe me when I said Wii U was a failure.

  • Simple the PS4 is shit.

  • DrearierSpider

    Switch has undoubtedly been a huge success, to the surprise of many. That said:

    >Both of those remain to be seen
    >Anyone over the age of 12 that enjoys Labo is or will inevitably become a phedophile
    >Amiibos remain 100% anti consumer, as they are nothing more than physical DLC
    >AAA are like any other segment of the market, there’s good and bad depending on where you look

  • DrearierSpider

    Wii U sold over 10 million in its first year?

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    “PS4 Fanboy” Lol. The forums here are so eager to be salty. 15 million. is great still. But the shitting on the PS4 on every Nintendo sales article is still funny to me. You can be proud of the 15 million without being a console flag waving pleeb. If the PS4’s sales make you that mad you may need to smoke a joint and get a hug.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Do you honestly think Dragon Quest 11 will do well though? I sincerely hope so but the DQ series has never done well outside of Japan.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Depends on how well it’s marketed.

    Iwata pushed for intense marketing of DQ9 and it sold pretty well, despite being arguably one of the weaker titles in the series.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Big props to Xenoblade for hitting 1 million in a month, likely demolishing the other entries.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Comedy gold

  • Nalferd

    Xenoblade 1m!

  • artemisthemp

    Now Nintendo just need to get quality port of games like Atelier, Telltale

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    Over 70 million units and counting. An amazing video games library. All at an affordable price.

    Are you unironically still gaming on PC, even with all your precious GPUs spiking up in price from bitcoin miners? Get fucked idiot.

  • Anon_Amous

    I mean the PS3 deserves the hate it gets to be honest. I own one I bought games for it, it’s still the result of a Sony that was overconfident from PS2 and made various errors. If Sony didn’t exist as a multi-product company and was just SCE, PS3 probably would have killed them.

    PS4 is kind of meh, but mainly because I have a gaming PC which invalidates a lot of the reason to own a PS4. Right now it’s my Persona 5 machine and I’m waiting on MoHun World for PC.

  • PS4 is still Pure shit.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    Suck my dick idiot.

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