Nintendo's Revenues Skyrocket as the Switch Passes the Wii U's Lifetime Sales in 10 Months

Nintendo's Revenues Skyrocket as the Switch Passes the Wii U's Lifetime Sales in 10 Months

Things are going well over at the House of N.

Nintendo's revenues shot way up in 2017 thanks to the Nintendo Switch's healthy sales—which surpassed lifetime sales of the Wii U within ten months. Ouch. Poor little Wii U.

Nintendo reported its earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2017 earlier today, and the numbers are largely happy ones. The Switch sold 14.86 million units in 2017, which contributed in a big way to Nintendo's nine-month profit of $1.26 billion on revenues of $7.88 billion for the period ending December 31.

(The Wii U's lifetime sales are 13.56 million.)

"Whoa-ho! I'mma gonna buy my way outta my big bro's shadow!"

Switch games performed well, too. Here's what's graced the top of the sales charts to date:

  • Super Mario Odyssey: 9.07 million copies
  • Mario Kart 8: 7.3 million copies
  • Splatoon 2: 4.91 million copies
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 6.7 million copies
  • ARMS: 1.6 million copies
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: 1.06 million copies

Don't forget the Nintendo 3DS. It's still kicking. It sold 5.86 million devices in the nine-month period ending in December 31, 2017. That's down 9 percent from the same time last year, but Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon performed well (7.17 million copies to date). People are still buying up New Super Mario Bros 2 (12.43 million copies to date), and Mario Kart 7 (16.7 million copies to date), too.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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