Nintendo Switch has already outsold the entire Wii U run
Earnings reports began appearing for a number of video game companies on Tuesday, and with those came Nintendo's unsurprising confirmation that its Switch hardware is doing quite well. Now we know exactly how well: it needed less than 10 months to surpass its predecessor, the Wii U, in worldwide sales.
Nintendo's latest earning report includes a breakdown of lifetime hardware sales for the Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS family of consoles. Its "as of December 31, 2017" figure places the Nintendo Switch at a current lifetime sales count of 14.86 million units, surpassing the 13.56 million Wii U units sold in a little over five years. The Nintendo 3DS (and its 2DS and "New" variants) have combined to sell 71.99 million pieces of hardware since launching nearly seven years ago.
Originally, Nintendo had told its shareholders to expect first-year Switch sales of 10 million; the company revised that estimate in October, following its last earnings report, to a first-year tally of 14 million worldwide. That has now been exceeded a little earlier than expected. The traditionally slow game-hardware months of January and February will likely pad the Switch's first true 12 months of sales data, if only a bit, due to a lack of major or exclusive Nintendo software during that span of time. Nintendo fans will have to wait until March for a new Kirby game and April for the weird, build-your-own-cardboard experiment of Nintendo Labo.