Nintendo's download sales are up 87% compared to past year

Todd Singleton
February 1, 2018

If you needed any more proof that the Nintendo Switch is a rip-roaring success (which you really didn't), Nintendo has revealed that its new console, which only launched in March of previous year, has already outsold the Wii U in terms of total sales. Talking about Wii U, it was shipped around 13.56 million units.

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Nintendo's data includes sales for those exclusives, with Super Mario Odyssey quickly becoming the platform's top-seller with nine million units shifted in a little over two months since launch.

"For the Nintendo Switch software, Super Mario Odyssey was released in October and has been a big hit, with global sales reaching 9.07 million units", Nintendo revealed in the report. Overall, 52.7 million Switch games have been sold to date.

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As for Switch, these are numbers exceeding expectations, initially, the company had planned to distribute 15 million consoles by the end of the fiscal year, ie by March 31, 2018. Through the holidays, PS4 and Xbox One sales were common, but retailers could draw crowds merely be advertising they had the Nintendo Switch in stock - no discounting required.

The Switch, released in March 2017, flew off shelves at home and overseas through the critical year-end shopping season. Indie developers flocked to the console as well, helping bolster its growing library. Nintendo recently released Nintendo Labo, new cardboard accessories that can be folded into a range of things from motorbike handles to fishing rods and a miniature piano. In the ten months since its release, it's already gone on to outsell the beleaguered, unfortunately named Wii U. The new Pokemon games were predictably Nintendo's highest-selling 3DS games of the year.

Takashi Mochizuki of the Wall Street Journal reported that he's heard from "people familiar with development plans" that Nintendo has more peripherals in the pipeline for the Switch, but exact details were not given.

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