The Nintendo Switch has set all sorts of sales records for Nintendo. We knew it was selling exceptionally well in most regions and that sales of the system in Japan had eclipsed life-to-date Wii U sales, but we now know exactly how many Switches Nintendo has sold worldwide since it launched on March 3, 2017.
Nintendo has shipped a total of 14.86 million consoles from March 3, 2017 through December 31, 2017. By comparison only 13.56 million Wii U consoles were shipped during its entire lifetime. Think about that for a moment. In 10 months the Switch has shipped more systems than the Wii U managed to do in five years. That not only speaks to the huge success of the Switch, but also to the bitter disappointment of the Wii U.
Software is off to a great start as well. The Switch has managed to shift 52.57 million units. That’s more than half of the Wii U’s entire lifetime of software! Let’s hope Nintendo can keep that momentum going into year two.