Nintendo Switch Has Sold 10 Million Units to Date
Nintendo has sold 10 million Switch consoles to players worldwide, the company announced today. This puts the system well on its way to outperforming Nintendo’s last console, the Wii U, which has only sold 13.6 million units to date. These numbers are taken from Nintendo’s own internal estimates.
Compared to the Wii U on its merits, the Switch is a slam dunk, our review of the hardware stated. It takes the basic concept of the Wii U, of a tablet-based console, and fulfills the promise of it in a way Nintendo simply wasn’t capable of realizing in 2012. Since launching on March 3, more than 10 million Switch consoles have been sold.
For comparison; It took nearly two and a half years for the Wii U to reach the 10-million mark.
It’s a major return to form for Nintendo, a company that has traditionally held a leadership position in the game industry. The new sales number puts the Switch in line with the PlayStation 4 in terms of pace it took around nine months for Sony’s PlayStation 4 to reach 10 million units sold.
In October, Nintendo raised projections for Switch shipments for its fiscal year ending March 2018 from 10 million to 14 million units. That would put the Nintendo Switch at 16.7 million units sold in its first year of release, on pace to exceed lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii U (which shipped 13.6 million units over a five-year period).
The Nintendo Switch is the seventh major video game console developed by Nintendo. Known in development by its codename NX, it was unveiled in October 2016 and was released worldwide on March 3, 2017. Nintendo considers the Switch a hybrid console; it is designed primarily as a home console, with the main unit inserted onto a docking station to connect to a television. Alternatively, it can be removed from the dock and used similarly to a tablet computer through its LCD touchscreen, or placed in a standalone tabletop mode visible to several players.