With the public sharing of their 2017 financial briefing, Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch has already surpassed lifetime Wii U console sales. As of Dec. 31, 2017 the Switch has sold 14.86 million units compared to the Wii U’s 13.56 units. In addition to nearly 15 million Switches sold, Nintendo announced that Super Mario Odyssey sold over nine million copies in the nine weeks between its release and the end of 2017 and 52.57 million software units sold total.
The Switch’s high sales numbers were accompanied by good sales for the 3DS as well, reaching 5.86 million 3DS/2DS units sold, bringing the 3DS family’s total sales to just under 72 million. The highlight for the 3DS in 2017 was Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which sold 7.17 million copies in the six weeks between their release and the end of 2017.
Overall, eight Nintendo Switch games managed to surpass one million copies sold:
- Super Mario Odyssey – 9.07 million
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7.33 million
- Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 6.70 million
- Splatoon 2 – 4.91 million
- 1-2 Switch – 1.88 million
- ARMS – 1.61 million
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 1.06 Million
With less than a year under its belt, it’s exciting to think about how far the Switch could go over the coming years. There’s plenty of games Nintendo could roll out to draw more and more fans to the console, and third party support is looking good along with plenty of love from indie developers. How many consoles do you think the Switch can sell in 2018? What kind of games do you think we’ll see before the year is over?
Chris started loving video games at a young age, playing Super Mario World and Star Fox on his parents’ SNES. Although Nintendo (the Switch in particular these days) is still front and center for him, he also spends a fair amount of time on his PS4 and PC. He is also a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Star Fox franchises. Chris enjoys watching basketball as well and is a huge fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Plays: Switch, PS4, PC.