If the gaming industry ever presented an award for boldness, none other could beat Nintendo. The Japanese company launched the motion-controlled Wii U intending to overtake the success achieved by its predecessor Wii. Unfortunately, the product failed miserably.
Instead of integrating a proven formula for its new console, the company used one of the outstanding features of Wii U i.e., a gamepad with a display and doubled down on it. Doing so resulted in a full-fledged hybrid console that is a mix of handheld and home console. Surprisingly, it has become a massive hit.
Nintendo Switch was released back in 2017 and by now, the company has sold nearly 85 million pieces which has successfully outdone the Wii. The Nintendo Switch is currently the most successful home console by Nintendo. As the infographic reveals, the sales of Nintendo Switch have surpassed those of Wii which saw a drastic decrease within three years after the launch.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a major boost for the spike in sales of Nintendo Switch during the fiscal year 2020/21 because the company about 29 million units in this important year ended March 31st. For the upcoming fiscal years, Nintendo is expected to see slightly lesser sales however, the Switch sales would continue to beat those of Wii during that time.
Currently, Switch requires sales of 15 million more units in order to beat the Wii’s overall lifetime sales as it has 101.6 million lifetime sales. According to the predictions, Switch will achieve that goal easily by Christmas 2021.
Infographic by: Statista.com