The Nintendo Switch is off to a good start, beating the company’s expectations and wiping away the shame of the Wii U.
It has been nine months since the Nintendo Switch launched, and the numbers are in: 10 million copies sold. This number comes three months earlier than Nintendo had anticipated. Originally, Nintendo had predicted the Switch to hit 10 million at the end of its first year. With three months to go before the console’s anniversary, Nintendo has updated its prediction to 14 million, meaning that if the Switch hits this new number it will have beaten the Wii U’s lifetime sales in its first year alone. (The Wii U sold 13.56 million consoles in its lifetime.)
While this is excellent news for Nintendo, the Switch has not won the console war just yet. Launching four years after its competition, the Switch has a long way to go before it catches up to the PS4’s leading number of 70 million units, and the Switch is going to have to sell far more than 10 million per year if it wants to catch up. But considering that 2018 holds plenty of anticipated game launches for the hybrid console, the Switch is likely to ramp up as it wins over players who were hesitant of the console’s lean launch list.
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