Nintendo Switch Outpaces GameCube in Sales This Year

For Nintendo, it appears as though the popularity of the Switch is unsurpassed. That’s because Nintendo recently announced their portable home console has sold more than 22.86 million units. With those figures, Switch has managed to outsell GameCube at 21.74 million units and Wii U with 13.56 million in console sales.

The Switch has been an incredibly popular system for Nintendo since its release. And, if these sale figures are any indicator, its popularity will continue to grow. In just the last six months, Nintendo reports having sold 5.07 million Switch consoles. That number represents a 3.7 percent increase in sales over last year at this time.

Nintendo Switch Vs. Wii U

This is good news for Nintendo given the lackluster sales the company saw during the lifetime of the Wii U console. Sales for that system were so disappointing, Nintendo re-released a selection of Wii U titles for the Switch in the hope they would see better sales. The strategy seems to have paid off. In fact, Nintendo reported that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which was previously available for Wii U, is among their best-selling Switch titles with 11.71 million copies to date.

More Nintendo Switch Titles

Other recently reported best-selling titles on Nintendo Switch include:

  • Super Mario Odyssey at 12.17 million.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at 10.28 million.
  • Splatoon 2 at 7.47 million.
  • 1-2-Switch at 2.64 million.
  • Mario Tennis Aces at 2.16 million.
  • ARMS at 2.10 million.
  • Kirby Star Allies at 2.10 million.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze at 1.67 million.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 at 1.53 million.

It’s no surprise Nintendo Switch has been such a success given that it’s much easier to use over the clunky Wii U. Nintendo has combined portable-play with the ability to connect to a television for gaming on a larger screen.

Given their success with the Switch, Nintendo is sure to build on this momentum with the release of a selection of upcoming titles like Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Yoshi’s Crafted World.