It’s official. In just under 11 months, Nintendo Switch has beaten the sales of the Wii U’s entire lifecycle. According to Nintendo itself (via Gamespot), the hybrid console has sold 14.87 million units worldwide, beating out the Wii U’s 13.56 million as of October of 2017. Of course, this is assuming that the Wii U hasn’t sold 1.31 million units between then and now, and we think that’s a pretty solid assumption.
The cool thing about this is that the system is well on its way to beating the Gamecube’s lifetime sales of 21.74 million. While that console is looked back on fondly by many gamers (me included), it was a system that largely underperformed, especially when compared to the PS2’s amazing sales.
Of course, a console is nothing without its software, and the games for the Switch have sold incredibly well. Here’s where the top-selling games on the system rank as of December 31, 2017.
Super Mario Odyssey: 9.07 million copies
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 7.33 million copies
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 6.70 million copies
Splatoon 2: 4.91 million copies
Arms: 1.60 million copies
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: 1.06 million copies
As of right now, it doesn’t look like the Switch is on course to beat the Wii in overall sales, but given the differences between the system, the Switch may be poised to be much more often-played system than its granddaddy. But, of course, that’s always difficult to predict. With unique ideas like Nintendo Labo (even if it’s not for you), there’s always that air of unpredictability when it comes to Nintendo sales.
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