Nintendo Switch Sales Numbers: Switch may outsell Wii U within its first year on shelves

Source: Jason Faulkner/Mic

The Nintendo Switch has sold a staggering number of copies. It’s an extremely popular console, despite its shortcomings, and it's consistently sold out at nearly every retailer that generally carries video game consoles. 

You may start seeing a whole lot more Switch units in the future if the Financial Times report is to be believed. Nintendo is supposedly looking to produce 18 million additional units of the Nintendo Switch by March, which will mean something extremely impressive for Nintendo: The Switch will have outsold the Wii U’s lifetime sales in its first year on store shelves. 

Nintendo Switch: Outselling the Wii U

Nintendo's last console, the Wii U, never caught its stride in the market.
Source: Nintendo

If Nintendo can produce 18 million more units and sell them off to Switch-hungry customers, the Switch will have outsold the Wii U in just its first year out in the wild — 13.56 million units were sold, according to Nintendo’s sales figures through the end of December. This placed it as Nintendo's worst-selling console of all time. An unfortunate case, considering how many excellent games landed on the Wii U. It makes sense, though, that Nintendo is looking into bolstering sales for its current flagship console-handheld hybrid. 

Of course, Nintendo has pooh-poohed these plans, denying any plans to produce units past its target of 10 million it had announced in the past. Sources, according to the Financial Times, believe the company may actually have 20 million consoles ready by March, pending if resources make themselves available or not. 

This isn’t a surprising strategy, or at least it shouldn’t be. With games like Super Mario Odyssey, Monster Hunter XX, and the swath of other Nintendo titles coming down the pipeline for Nintendo Switch, demand will likely grow even larger as more fans clamor for these titles. 

Check out more Nintendo Switch news and coverage

Looking for more Nintendo Switch news? Check out how blind gamers are using the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo's left Joy-Con issue turns out to be a hardware problem — here's how to solve it. Find out how to buy a console amidst the recent restock. Learn why the Switch cartridges taste so bad. Check out our comparison photos sizing up the Switch to the Wii U GamePad (part one and part two), or find out how to make use of ethernet without the dock and the best way to get alerts when new stock arrives.

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Jason Faulkner

Jason Faulkner has written editorials, news, guides, and reviews at Destructoid, Gamezebo, Playboy, Shacknews, and Modojo. He also served as co-Editor-and-Chief and IT consultant at G4@Syfygames. On a typical day, you can find him working as a Gaming Editor at Mic or desperately trying to get a late-1990s/early-2000s PC game working at 4K and 16:9 ratio without crashing.

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