The Nintendo Switch was released recently and is quickly growing big in Japan. The Wii U, which was Nintendo’s big hit in Japan, quickly proved that it had become old. The sales for the Nintendo Switch during the holiday season beat the sales of the Wii U in all of history!
How the Nintendo Switch Beat the Wii U in Japan?
In a country like Japan, where the gaming is growing big every single day, Nintendo Switch has become a big seller. The Wii U has sold 3.3 million units as of the end of 2017. It is the first Nintendo console that supports HD graphics. It was released in 2012, as the eighth generation Nintendo gaming system.
The Switch, on the other hand, was released in 2017 and it already sold 3.4 million units by the end of the year. It took the Switch only a year to reach the kind of sales that its predecessor reached. It’s not a surprise since Japan had a long history with mobile gaming, long before mobile devices were used for communication. Japan has one of the biggest mobile gaming markets in the world. But since 2007, smartphones have been growing more popular as the mobile gaming platform, with more people enjoying games on their Android and iOS devices.
The Switch makes gaming portable, and it is not surprising that it has beaten the Wii U. Many gamers have said that the Nintendo Switch is what they want they wanted the Wii U to be. You can enjoy casino games available at one of the best UK’s online and mobile casino on your fingertips, but only the portable gaming consoles will give you the full Super Mario Odyssey experience.
What About the Global Reception of the Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo Switch has outdone expectations in Japan. But what about in the rest of the world? The PlayStation and the Xbox continue to be more popular gaming consoles in the UK. Nintendo’s Wii U or the Switch have not surpassed the sales of Sony’s and Microsoft’s gaming consoles in these markets. So far, the Nintendo Wii U has sold only 13.5 million units around the world. For comparison, note that the PS4 has sold over 70 million units globally. While the Nintendo Wii U can’t compare to the PS4 sales in the global market, Nintendo Switch sales are not far behind Wii U.
According to Nintendo, the Switch has sold 4.8 million units in the UK. A similar number have been sold in Europe. It will be interesting to see the figures that are released in March 2018, when the Nintendo Switch turns a year old since its launch.
Some experts have said that the Nintendo Switch will sell 40 million units in four years. The PS4 took about three years to meet those sales figures. The Switch has its portability going for it. What could hold it back is Nintendo’s poor record of bringing in new software.