Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii U

Feb 01, 2018, 00:17
Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii U

All told it has been a great year for the company, but do you think that Switch can maintain this momentum throughout 2018?

Nintendo Switch has eclipsed Wii U lifetime sales in less than a year.

Japanese RPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which launched on 1 December, sold one million units during its first month. During that time, it sold a grand total of 13.56 million units. Nintendo state that's eight million sellers if you include an undisclosed third party title.

When the Switch was released in spring 2017, there were questions about if Nintendo would be able to survive as a console maker.

Over the course of its young life, we've seen a number of different fighting games released on the Nintendo Switch, and there are still more on the horizon. Shares of the game maker have doubled - rising to a decade high, on the prospects of robust sales numbers. Naturally, this news is continuing the upward trend for NTDOY stock, which has been on a tear since the Nintendo Switch was released last March.

This year is already set to be another big one for Nintendo. Early Nintendo Directs have promised ports of Dark Souls (HOORAY!) and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, plus a plethora of other titles - some ports, some not. There have been reports that Nintendo is trying to pressure Game Freak to have the game ready for the 2018 holiday season, and this report seems to indicate that Nintendo is at least optimistic about its release.

At the same conference, Kimishima also stated that Nintendo expects to sell almost three million units in the current quarter, and is targeting 20 million for fiscal 2018, starting April 1, 2018. That's a 9% decline year on year globally, but the drop in software sales was even more pronounced, dropping by 33%.

As The Verge pointed out, hardware sales have been fueled by a fantastic year for games, too, thanks to hits like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" and "Super Mario Odyssey", loved by critics and customers alike.

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