It’s an insane turnaround that probably only Nintendo could pull off. After completely flopping in every aspect with the Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo continues to go from strength to strength with the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo has today announced that it has sold 7.63 million Nintendo Switch consoles in just over the first six months of it being on the market. This is the magic number at the end of September. You just have to look at the fact that the Nintendo Wii U sold 13.56 million units in its entire time on the shelf (over 4.5 years until Switch was released) to understand just how well the Switch is saving. This is considering the fact that it’s still out of stock almost consistently on America/Japan.
Taking into count that this number was a full month before Super Mario Odyssey had released, before Black Friday has happened and the Christmas Holiday season, it’s extremely likely that if Nintendo gets their supply chain sorted, that the Nintendo Switch will be able to surpass Wii U lifetime sales on its first year on the market. It’s going to be very close, that’s for sure. It’s also going to be a close race between the first year on the market for the PS4 vs Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo also announced that software selling exceptionally well. Breath of the Wild is in top spot with almost 5 million units sold, but surprisingly, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not far behind it. New IP such as ARMS and 1-2 Switch have also sold well in the first 6 months.
It’s really great to see Nintendo knocking it out of the park on all aspects. The games industry doesn’t feel right without them firing on all cylinders. I for one am incredibly addicted to the Nintendo Switch and think it offers something different to all other consoles on the market.