The Nintendo Switch has eclipsed the Wii U in sales.
The Switch, released in March 2017, flew off shelves at home and overseas through the critical year-end shopping season.
The Wii U, which went on sale in November 2012, sold 13.56 million units before it was discontinued in 2017 and was considered a commercial failure.
The Nintendo Switch hits a new milestone as it approaches 15 million units sold worldwide since it's 3 March launch.
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Download sales for Nintendo Switch helped push total download sales up to 43.1 billion yen (87% increase on a year-on-year basis). The company's earnings reports indicate that Nintendo experienced a 261% revenue bump from past year. It also makes last quarter Nintendo's most profitable in eight years.
After a quiet 2016, Nintendo was ready to release Switch, with the device proving sceptics wrong to become a bona fide phenomenon.
In a financial report released today, Nintendo revealed that it had sold more than 52 million Switch games as of December 31, 2017. The Nintendo Switch - a relatively low-powered portable/console hybrid system coming at the same time the PS4 and Xbox One were moving toward more processing power and 4K support- seemed to have a distinct possibility of flopping. Considering that as the install base continues to grow every month the rate at which new games are purchased should also quicken, it may happen even sooner than that.
There is also Nintendo Labo, the company's unconventional take of peripherals, set for release in April.
Considering the Nintendo Switch has yet to receive the traditional Virtual Console functionality to play classic titles, on-demand video applications and major first-party titles from its Pokémon and Metroid series, there's plenty more to come from the console in the next few years. Instead of doubt about its future, the company is going into the year with its strongest product lineup since the Wii was released in 2006.