Nintendo's newest game console has outsold its predecessor in just ten months.
(CCM) — Nintendo's Switch game console has left the Wii U for dead, racking up higher sales in 10 months than its predecessor managed in five years, the BBC is reporting.
Since its launch in March 2017 the Switch has sold 14.9 million units, while the Wii U only sold 13.6 million units from its launch in 2012 until it was discontinued in 2017. The strong sales of the console have led to Nintendo's biggest money-making quarter since 2009, with profits of over $1 billion. The company expects sales to hit the 20 million mark later this year.
The Nintendo Switch has been boosted by a strong portfolio of games including Super Mario Odyssey — its best-selling game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda, and Splatoon 2. The company has promised that a new Pokemon game for the console will also be released in the future.
The console has confounded experts with its success despite lacking the power of Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, and despite its inability to stream movies or browse the web. But the astonishing sales figures for its games — nine million for Super Mario Odyssey and seven million for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — prove that consumers will pay for a console which offers games which are fun to play.
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