Nintendo Switch eclipses Wii U, as fantastic new deal goes live

Nintendo Switch eclipses Wii U, as fantastic new deal goes live

Nintendo Switch eclipses Wii U, as fantastic new deal goes live

In less than a year. 31, 2017 the Switch has sold 14.86 million units compared to the Wii U's 13.56 units. Sales have exceeded initial estimates, on track to beat the lifetime numbers of its predecessor Wii U, leaving suppliers scrambling for parts. While Wii U sales figures for the past two months aren't available, it's unlikely the moribund console has made up the difference.

"For the Nintendo Switch software, Super Mario Odyssey was released in October and has been a big hit, with global sales reaching 9.07 million units", Nintendo revealed in the report.

Standing at 14.86 million units, by the time December 2017 arrived in its full glory, the platform had outsold WiiU. They need to sell 2.87 million units during the current quarter to meet that forecast.

There is no better place to verify Nintendo's incredible comeback than the company's own financial report for Q3, fiscal year 2018. Not only are sales up a whopping 261% from this time previous year, the Nintendo Switch has also officially outsolde the Wii U. The Switch is on track to top consoles like the GameCube (21.74 million) and Nintendo 64 (32.93 million) in the next year.

Naturally, Nintendo's profit has seen a significant uptick, with an operating profit of 116.50 billion yen (£755m, $1.07 billion) for its third quarter.

Growing popularity of the hybrid home-portable Switch has led to a near-doubling of Nintendo's stock price to nine-year highs since the device's launch in March.

The Nintendo Switch was unveiled in late 2016, and it launched in March of 2017. In fact, the console may even be able to eclipse the Wii's sales successes when all is said and done.

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

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has now sold 7.33m, while Zelda: Breath of the Wild is on 6.7m.

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