The signs have been on the wall for a while that Nintendo has a hit on their hands with their hybrid console the Nintendo Switch. Stores have been having difficulty in keeping them in stock since its March 3 release last year. Two of their titles, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, also topped many game of the year lists across the industry in 2017. It might come as no surprise then that the Switch has surpassed the Wii U’s total console sales in Japan. It also took a mere ten months to accomplish this.
Switch sales have now reached 3.4 million in the land of Nintendo, topping the 3.3 million that the Wii U sold in four labored years. This comes on the heels of other sales news from Nintendo that their newest console has become the fastest selling home console ever in the United States, selling 4.8 million units since its inception. In the United States that is even more than the Nintendo’s Wii.
It also appears that the Switch is a resounding success just about everywhere on the globe with total worldwide sales passing 10 million units on December 3, 2017. It is expected that those sales numbers also got a jolt in the arm. Christmas shopping season was still in full swing at the time of that press release.
The Switch is not the only Nintendo console that has been in high demand of late. The company released both the NES Classic and SNES Classic consoles in the past fourteen months. Both consoles designed after their retro counterparts came pre-loaded with many titles from back in the day and proved to be even more scarce than the Nintendo Switch in many markets. Rumors now abound about the eventual announcement for an N64 Classic console. There are many people who would love to return to Mario 64 and GoldenEye.