Nintendo Switch lifetime sales have already topped those of the Wii U

Nintendo Switch lifetime sales have already topped those of the Wii U

In less than a year. The Switch is now at 14.86 million units sold, as of 31st December, while the Wii U only managed 13.56 in its five years as Nintendo's home console.

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has reported its most profitable quarter since 2009, largely thanks to the success of its 10-month-old Switch console.

In a financial report released today, Nintendo revealed that it had sold more than 52 million Switch games as of December 31, 2017. Second place goes to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 7.33 million copies sold and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild comes in at third with 6.7 million.

The console "surged past initial expectations in Japan, the US and Europe" during the holiday season, President Tatsumi Kimishima said at Wednesday's earnings briefing.

Analysts believe Nintendo's plan to launch "Labo", LEGO-style accessories for the console that kids can build themselves on cardboard sheets, could bring in a younger audience. "With the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers and the promise of couch play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we're proud to share the console experience of Death Road to Canada with players across the world". Nintendo almost doubled the lifetime sales of the hardware during the holiday quarter, and even that impressive showing apparently didn't maximize potential sales.




Next up for Nintendo is the job of keeping Switch's momentum going through 2018.

This is certainly impressive, especially considering that the Switch has been suffering for rather dramatic shortages during pretty much the whole year, with supply meeting demand basically only under major game releases and in the Holiday period.

"The smartphone business is yet to become a profit pillar for Nintendo", Mr Kimishima said.

The best selling game by far is Super Mario Odyssey. Much of the Switch's success can be attributed to the strong lineup of titles Nintendo released a year ago.

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