Nintendo have today announced a landmark sales figure for their latest console. 14.86m consoles have been sold since its launch in March 2017. This means the Nintendo Switch has already outsold the Wii U.
For perspective, the Wii U sold 13.5m units in 5 years. The Nintendo Switch has hit 14.86m in 10 months. Nintendo’s operating profit is also up 261%. That’s a lot of coins.
It’s not just the hardware that is selling like hotcakes, the attach rates of it’s first party software is incredible. Super Mario Odyssey has sold 9m copies. Nine. Million. Copies.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild has sold 6.7m copies since launching alongside the Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe stands a 7.3m copies sold while Splatoon 2 at just under 5m sales has mirrored the Switch console itself by overtaking it’s predecessor.
Other first party releases like Arms, 1-2 Switch and Xenoblade Chronicles have also passed the 1 million copies sold mark.
The Nintendo Switch has been a runaway critical and commercial success. Even the most hardened Nintendo fanboy would not have predicted this. The next milestone to reach is the 21.74m unit sales of the Gamecube. Based on the figures released today it’s a safe bet that I will be writing a headline similar to the above in regards to the Gamecube sales in 3 or 4 months.
Not much is known as yet about Nintendo’s “holiday” plans. We know we will have a port of Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze along with other ports including Dark Souls. There is the Bayonetta collection too, along with Bayonetta 3. Nintendo Labo seems like it will be the big sales driver in the first 9 months of the year though. When is Mario Maker being ported? That’s what I want to know!
The core Pokemon game is the one that will skyrocket Switch sales in the Q4 run. If I was a betting man I would expect this in the last week of October to cover those Mario Odyssey sales or in the traditional November Pokemon slot. With a highly rated back catalogue and a new core Pokemon game, those who have stood by the 3DS will join the 14.86m others. This surely will send Nintendo Switch sales down a whole new path.
The milestone of milestones however is the one set by the Wii. The Wii sold over 101m units and was a worldwide phenomenon. Is it that far fetched to think the Nintendo Switch can approach that number? It’s already outpacing the PS2…
A healthy Nintendo is good for the industry and as we saw with the Wii/PS3/Xbox360 era – a rising tide raises all ships.