Well, it looks like the milestone has been achieved: the Switch has now outsold the Wii U completely. This confirmation comes from a recent interview by French publication Les Numeriques who sat down with Nintendo of France’s General Manager, Philippe Lavoué. Lavoué did not provide an exact sales figure, but he did confirm that the Switch has surpassed the Wii U’s worldwide lifetime sales of 13.56 million.
At first glance, this may not seem like a big achievement. But, this was really one of the biggest questions surrounding the Switch since it was first unveiled back in 2016: would it be more successful than the Wii U? The answer was clear since the system launched last March, as it almost immediately began lighting up sales charts everywhere.
Now, the next big question is left to be answered: how well will the Switch do overall? Now that it’s beyond the Wii U, it’s next milestone would be surpassing the Gamecube’s sales of 21 million units. Considering how much progress that the Switch has already managed to make in such a short period of time, it just might end up surpassing this number by next year, if not sooner. Of course, there’s no way to know for sure, but the signs are looking pretty good.
Beyond the GameCube, there’s the N64 which came achieved 32.93 million units in its lifetime. The SNES got 49.10 million units and the NES made it to 61.91 million. Of course, the Wii was the best-selling Nintendo console ever with over 100 million units sold. That milestone is one that many analysts think the Switch will surpass, but only time will tell.