This time last year, Nintendo ceased Wii U production altogether while retailers had trouble keeping up with preorder demand for the company’s newly unveiled hybrid system. Not even one whole year into its lifespan, this new platform has either been breaking or keeping up with home console sales records set by all-time greats like the Wii and the PlayStation 2.
Now, the time has come for Nintendo to disclose their sales results for the last quarter, and in their financial briefing, the company has revealed that the Nintendo Switch has officially sold 14.86 million units worldwide, and they have upgraded their forecast to 15 million console sales between April 2017 and March 2018. Including the sales made in the Switch’s first month, March 2017, that means they aim to have the console’s lifetime sales at 17.74 million units by the end of this fiscal year. Meanwhile, the Nintendo 3DS family has sold a combined 71.99 million units, though momentum has begun to slow down over the last year even with the New Nintendo 2DS XL.
With that, it’s long been predicted but it’s finally come to pass: the Nintendo Switch has now officially outsold its predecessor, the Wii U. The gamepad-powered home system had sold only 13.56 million units throughout its four-and-a-half year shelf life, vastly underperforming beneath the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 during that console generation.
While the Wii U may be gone, its legacy has not been forgotten by Nintendo. A number of the console’s greatest hits have lived on through the Switch through enhanced ports, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokkén Tournament DX already in players’ hands and more coming on the horizon, such as Bayonetta 1 & 2, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Monolith Soft president Tetsuya Takahashi even expressed interest in porting Xenoblade Chronicles X to the hybrid system.
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