Nintendo Switch Overtakes the Entire Lifetime Sales for the Wii U in Japan

Nintendo Switch Overtakes the Entire Lifetime Sales for the Wii U in Japan

The Nintendo Switch is a juggernaut.

In less than a year, the Nintendo Switch has overtaken the entire lifetime sales for the Wii U in Japan.

The report is brought to you by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu which reports that the Switch has sold 3.4 million units in Japan. That's more than the 3.3 million Wii U units moved in Japan during its entire lifetime. That's right, the Switch sold more in a single year than the Wii U sold in more than four years.

The Wii U's failure to connect with customers stirred a frenzy of analysts saying that Nintendo was at death's door. Nevermind the company's billions in reserves, the Wii U's failure seemed to indicate that Nintendo had no good ideas left, and only a stable of iconic IPs. In hindsight, the Wii U now seems like the botched prototype for what is clearly Nintendo's next successful home console. If the Switch can continue the momentum into 2018, who knows what other sales records Nintendo will overtake with its hybrid console.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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