It was inevitable, really, but no less impressive; the Nintendo Switch has already surpassed the sales of the Wii U.
Following the previous quarter of the year, Nintendo has released official sales data for their systems and games. In this information, the current worldwide Switch sales are listed at 14.86 million worldwide, compared to the 13.56 million of the Wii U. Bear in mind that compared to the mere 10 months that the Switch has been available, the Wii U released over 5 years ago (on 18 November 2012).
Additional reporting on the financials via the BBC reveals more reasons for Nintendo to be pleased. This is the most profitable quarter for Nintendo since 2009, a year containing releases such as New Super Mario Bros. Wii. An operating profit of 116.50 billion yen (equal to £755 million) is up considerably from the 32.26 billion yen this time last year. Nintendo has updated their target for the whole financial year (ending March 31st) from 120 billion yen to 160 billion.
On the software side, Super Mario Odyssey has sold a staggering 9.07 million units since release in October. This is comparable to the figures of Star Wars Battlefront II from EA, a game released on multiple platforms. Following behind, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – a remake of a Wii U game – sits at 7.33 million, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is at 6.70 million, and Splatoon 2 continues the success of that IP with 4.91 million. Total software sales come in at 52.57 million, already over half of what the Wii U achieved.
In a comment at an earnings briefing, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said that “Switch sales during the holiday season were stronger than expected in Japan, the United States and Europe,” Yeah, financially, things are good for Nintendo. In 2018, the question is whether they can match the software quality of 2017, and keep the momentum of the system going.