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Nintendo Switch outsells the Wii U in less than one year

31 January 2018

Super Mario Odyssey has sold more than 9 million units, which is a lot of power moons!

Nintendo's Switch game console has left the Wii U for dead, racking up higher sales in 10 months than its predecessor managed in five years, the BBC is reporting.

Revealed in Nintendo's financial reports for Q3 of FY2017, the Nintendo Switch sold 12.3 million consoles between April 2017 and December 2017.

It said it expected Switch sales to reach 20 million this year and said a Pokemon game would be released for the Switch "in 2018 or later".

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After having a strong launch and consistent sales throughout the year, Nintendo has shared a forecast that it expects that an estimated 17.74 million Nintendo Switch unit will have been shipped by March 2018. Nintendo state that's eight million sellers if you include an undisclosed third party title.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sits at 6.7 million sales, while Splatoon 2 has so-far shifted 4.91 million copies. While that undoubtedly speaks to the apathetic response to the Wii U, it's also a sign that the Switch is exactly what Nintendo needed it to be.

And speaking of the Switch, the company recently announced a new range of Nintendo Labo Toys, which are cardboard creations aimed at kids.

After a quiet 2016, Nintendo was ready to release Switch, with the device proving sceptics wrong to become a bona fide phenomenon.

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In terms of earnings, Nintendo hit a revenue of 482.97 billion yen ($5,43 billion CAD), which is a 177 percent year-over-year increase.

The console "surged past initial expectations in Japan, the US and Europe" during the holiday season, President Tatsumi Kimishima said at Wednesday's earnings briefing. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, unsurprisingly, were the software highlights with 7.17 million sales between them.

Talking of its other products, Nintendo informed that contrary to the broad expectations 3DS hardware sales did not weaken after the launch of the Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo Switch outsells the Wii U in less than one year