In less than a year, Nintendo's latest console the Nintendo Switch has already become one of the company's best-sellers and it's even earned the designation of the fastest-selling U.S. console of all time, according to Variety. There's no doubt the largely convertible console is a hit with all kinds of consumers, having sold close to 14.9 million units since its launch last March. This overshadows the sales of its predecessor, the handheld Wii U, which recorded 12.5 million units between 2012 to the end of 2017.
During this past holiday quarter, Nintendo did nearly half those numbers alone, with 7.23 million Switch units sold. The Japanese gaming giant may have started to lose its footing trying to mold the Wii U in the all-encompassing media streaming image of its competitors, but going back to its purely gaming roots has proved successful. The company currently has eight titles that have all sold units in the millions, from the top selling Super Mario Odyssey, to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2.
With these kinds of numbers in less than a year, the Switch is on the right track to surpass the sales of some of Nintendo's most popular consoles, including the GameCube with 21.74 million sold, and even Nintendo 64 at 32.93 million. It will take a little bit of time to catch up to the sales of the Wii, currently sitting at over 100 million units sold since its release in 2006.