The Nintendo Switch Has Already Sold More Units In North America Than The Wii U Sold Worldwide
For a while there, it was all doom and gloom for Nintendo.
Following the smash success of the Wii, the Japanese game maker attempted to innovate further, riffing off the Wii's success with the ungainly (and poorly named) Wii U.
The system, which you hooked up to your TV but came with a gamepad that included a screen, was massively underrated as far as I'm concerned. It had some excellent games, and you could play them either on the TV or on the screen or in cool asymmetrical scenarios where the player with the controller saw things the players on the TV couldn't see.
But it was underpowered compared to its Sony and Microsoft cousins, and it was poorly marketed, and the name rhymed with "pee-ew" and, well, it bombed. In fact, it sold just 13.56 million units worldwide between 2012 and 2017.
At the time, many argued that Nintendo should abandon hardware altogether and make games for its rivals and the mobile market. With mixed success, Nintendo has entered the mobile market. Thankfully they never got into the business of making Mario games for PlayStation or Zelda for Xbox One.
Instead, the company rather brilliantly did exactly what I said they should do first in 2013 and again in 2014: Create a hybrid console that's both portable and can hook up to your TV.
Some years later, we have the Nintendo Switch. Not only is it a novel concept with a great design, Nintendo has been pumping out quality games ever since launch. Instead of developing for two systems (the 3DS and Wii U) the company can simply make as many great games as possible for the Switch, saving time and money and bringing Pokemon to your TV.
This has paid off bit time. Nintendo announced today that the company has sold 15 million units in North America alone, already surpassing the Wii U's global sales.
Nintendo also announced successful software sales, unsurprisingly. 14 of its own first-party titles have achieved more than 1 million in sales in North America, and four have crossed the 6 million line. Those four are:
It seems likely that Pokemon Sword & Shield will join this echelon.
All told, Nintendo has had remarkable success with the Switch, proving critics wrong in the process. Sure, the Wii U was a disaster, but at least Nintendo learned from its mistakes. The Nintendo Switch is currently one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time, and it shows no signs of slowing.
3 years in and still selling strong! October 4, 2019 Barcelona, Spain - Aragami, the third-person action stealth game from independent Spanish developers Lince Works has turned 3 years old today. Originally released
The Nintendo Switch is without a doubt one of the most popular and trendy devices on the market and after the mishap of the Wii U, Nintendo really hit it out of the park
The Nintendo Switch Lite has been out for just over a week now, and while some may question the need to own a smaller version of the popular console, it's been viewed pretty well
Japan generally prefers handheld consoles over home consoles and the Nintendo Switch Lite is proof of this. Nintendo sold 178,000 units during the first three days of it being available on the store shelves. What's
Nintendo Switch Lite has had a much more successful first week in Japan when compared to the UK, as the console sold almost 12 times as many units in Japan than in the UK (via
Gadgets have rarely mattered less to Nintendo Co. Investors are all in a tizzy after debut sales of the Japanese company's latest gaming device, the Switch Lite, missed a forecast. Just 114,192 units of the
Switch family sold 240,000 units last week. Switch Lite sold 177,936 units during its first three days of release in Japan, according to Famitsu 's estimated sales numbers. Including both the regular Switch model
Last weekend, the Switch Lite was released worldwide. So, how are sales going? On the Japan front, the new system has reportedly sold more than 100,000 units. According to Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at
More News in Nintendo
A Hat in Time is a 3D platformer that was funded by an insanely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013. During the brief fundraising period, fans pledged so much that the game eventually came to
Collectathons were some of my most favorite titles growing up, with Banjo-Kazooie standing out in particular. The genre may have fallen off, though Mario's 3D affairs and games like Psychonauts kept the dream alive in
Developer confirms Nyakuza Metro DLC pack for Switch. After many months of waiting, A Hat in Time is finally releasing for Nintendo Switch on October 18th. As footage emerged from the game, we noticed
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]Herzogenaurach, Germany, October 17, 2019 - Sports company PUMA has created a collection celebrating TETRIS®, one of
Just like the western version of the Wii U game Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is set to blast its way onto the Switch scene in January, and new details found
The upcoming enhanced port of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for Nintendo Switch will reportedly be based on the Western release of the original Wii U game, meaning players worldwide (yes, that includes Japan) will play