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Comparing Nintendo Switch Sales To The Wii's And The Wii U's

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The Nintendo Switch sure is doing great. Previously, we’ve seen how its sales numbers compare with the PS4's, but let’s now look at how it stacks up with Nintendo’s last two consoles.

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The comparison is interesting, because the Wii, of course, was a smash hit. The Wii U was not.

These sales charts appeared at Nintendo’s most recent financial presentation. “Because the Nintendo Switch launch was not timed to the holiday season, you cannot make a simple comparison between platforms,” said Nintendo honcho Tatsumi Kimishima during the presentation of these graphs.

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“However,” he continued, “Nintendo Switch is establishing itself at a record pace, with the first 10 months of sales in North America exceeding even those for Wii, which had been our previous fastest-selling home console.”

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Don’t get me wrong. I love Nintendo, but I own both the Wii U and the Switch and it’s weird that the successor to the Wii U has a lot less features than it and is doing so much better.

Like yeah there’s no restriction for portability and better motion controls, but that’s kind of it. The Wii U has:
-a bunch of games vs very few,
-every major streaming service vs none,
-a complete Virtual Console list vs none,
-backwards compatibility vs none
-TV Remote vs None

Also, here’s the length of time between console launch and virtual console online features:
-Wii: 0 Launched with console
-3DS: 2 1/2 months
-Wii U: 3 months
-Switch: 1 year 7 months maybe? 

That’s... not great? I know that Nintendo is making money hand over fist, so they shouldn’t care, but I’d like for them to make their latest console a year after release to have at least as many features as the one that preceded it. Otherwise, it’s not really an improvement.