Nintendo Swap overtakes the Wii U

Consoles power up Nintendo like nothing else

Nintendo Switch sales have already surpassed the Wii U with 14.86 million

In its earnings report, Nintendo offered the region-wise breakdown of the total Switch sales as well. Total game sales for the Switch amount to 52.57 million, which is already more than half of all sales on the Wii U during its five-year run. The Switch hasn't even been available for a year - it's only ten months old and has nearly 15 million in sales.

Nintendo's latest console, the Switch, has overtaken its predecessor in unit sales after nine months of availability.

Nintendo reported its most profitable quarter since 2009. Additionally the company's attained an operating profit of 116.5 billion yen (1,31 billion CAD), which is an increase of 261 percent and the highest since the quarter ending in December 2009 as well.

Super Mario Odyssey was the best-selling game for the Nintendo Switch, with 9.07 million copies sold since it was released in October.

Other million-sellers for the Switch include Splatoon 2 (4.91 million), 1-2-Switch (1.88 million), Arms (1.61 million), and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (1.06 million).

Japanese Nintendo has recently translated an interview with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima talking to the Nikkei.

Is it a testament to the Switch's prowess or a commentary on the Wii U's troubles? With a total company revenue of 4.44 billion USA - a 177% year over year rise, and an operating profit up 261% year over year, Nintendo is printing money right now.

Also adding to this total is a long list of successful first party games like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, and the ongoing success of the Super NES Classic and various 3DS consoles and games. Nintendo recently released Nintendo Labo, new cardboard accessories that can be folded into a range of things from motorbike handles to fishing rods and a miniature piano. For now, Nintendo says both devices will be sold alongside one another. It's good to see that Nintendo is keeping its promise that a unified system would bring better and quicker software development but there's more to it than games alone.

Latest News