Such volume of sales means the Switch Lite is very close to beating the Wii U’s lifetime total unit sales, which are recorded as 13.56 million units on the Nintendo website. The Switch Lite will likely surpass that benchmark in the coming months, if it hasn’t already.Surpassing Wii U sales is par for the course for the Switch now. Following its launch in 2017, the base Nintendo Switch took less than a year to outsell the preceding console, shifting 14 million units by January 2018.
You can learn more about Nintendo’s recent financial news by reading our study of the report, which notes that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has surpassed 31 million copies sold, as of December 31, 2020. Analysts are currently conflicted on the prospect of a new Nintendo Switch Pro in 2021, due to the tremendous popularity of the current model.
In other Wii U news, check out our article about how everything you love about the Nintendo Switch was done by the Wii U first. We reviewed the console upon its launch back in 2012, scoring it a 7.6 and calling it a “mix of awesome new ideas and mediocre execution.”
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.