Nintendo‘s Switch console has eclipsed the lifetime sales of the Wii U in Japan after less than 12 months on sale.
About a month ago, Nintendo confirmed that the Switch had sold its 10 millionth unit. But now their latest console has reached another significant milestone: it’s surpassed the lifetime sales of the Wii U – in Japan at least.
As reported earlier today by Famitsu, Switch sales in Japan now sit at 3.4 million units less than a year after the console was released, surpassing the 3.3 million units that the Wii U achieved after 5 years on sale.
Although this victory has always been a matter of when, not if, Nintendo will nonetheless be delighted to have officially buried the ghost of the Wii U. As the dust settles on the festive period, it’s likely that the Switch has mirrored its success in Japan across the rest of the world. With games like Super Mario Odyssey, Breath Of The Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe featuring in the top ten sellers throughout December, it would appear the Switch had a buoyant Christmas.
Having bested the Wii U, the next target for the Switch will be the GameCube, whose sales currently sit at 21.74 million.
Nintendo aren’t the only ones celebrating though – Sony have also confirmed a bumper Christmas, with the PlayStation 4 shifting 5.9 million units over the holiday season. That’s slightly down on the 6.2 million units that the PlayStation 4 sold during the same period in 2016, but it leaves lifetime sales for the console (as of 31st December 2017) now sitting at 73.6 million.
As ever, Microsoft haven’t disclosed any sales data for the Xbox One so it’s impossible to know with any accuracy how it fared – particularly because its regional performance varies so wildly. In America the console tends to sell only marginally less than the PlayStation 4, whilst in Japan it’s routinely outsold by the ageing PS Vita.
Whilst Nintendo will no doubt be quick to release official figures to back up the performance of the Switch, all eyes will be on the year ahead to see whether they can keep up the pace. You can check out our 2018 predictions right here.