Nintendo has finally exorcised the ghost of the Wii U, today confirming that the Switch has surpassed the lifetime sales of its beleaguered predecessor.
We already knew it was coming ever since leaked reports from Japan and Europe confirmed the Switch had outsold the Wii U in certain territories. But today Nintendo made the news official, confirming that current sales for the Switch stand at 14.86 million units against the Wii U‘s lifetime total of 13.56 million units.
It’s just over a month until the Switch‘s first birthday, which makes the fact that it’s already sold over a million units more than the Wii U further impressive – although at this point it’s no longer a surprise.
Along with confirmation of hardware sales, Nintendo also released a slew of software figures, which make for interesting reading if you’re into stats (and we very much are).
Super Mario Odyssey tops the list after just a few months on sale, but we now have solid figures for a number of other notable titles:
- Super Mario Odyssey – 9.07 million
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7.33 million
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 6.7 million
- Splatoon 2 – 4.91 million
- 1-2-Switch – 1.88 million
- ARMS – 1.61 million
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 1.06 million
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a little way to go to surpass the 8.4 million sales of the Wii U original, however Splatoon 2 has now matched the total achieved by its predecessor, which is good news for the future of the franchise. Elsewhere the sales for 1-2-Switch and ARMS leave a little to be desired and at this stage it’s hard to imagine they’ll be guaranteed sequels.
Nintendo also revealed the most downloaded European eShop titles of 2017, although didn’t release any sales figures:
- Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
- Stardew Valley
- Rocket League
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Sonic Mania
- Super Mario Odyssey
There was also an updated list of biggest sellers for the 3DS, which has a distinctly familiar pattern to it:
- Mario Kart 7 – 16.76 million
- Pokémon X/Y – 16.26 million
- Pokémon Sun/Moon – 16.05 million
- Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 13.94 million
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 12.43 million
- Super Mario 3D Land – 11.77 million
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 11.59 million
And finally the ageing 3DS console itself has reached lifetime sales of 71.99 million units since its 2011 release. Believe it or not, that still means its Nintendo‘s worst performing handheld console and with no significant titles due this year, its unlikely to ever surpass the GameBoy Advance‘s 81.51 million total.
The big news today though was all around the Switch and its phenomenal first year on sale. It’s got some way to go to catch the Xbox One (35 million) and PlayStation 4 (74 million), but its made a better start than anyone, even Nintendo, expected.