The Nintendo Switch will surpass Wii U sales in double quick time

At this point, it’s fair to say the Nintendo Switch console has been a gigantic success for the Japanese gaming icon.

To put the hybrid console’s achievements into context, Nintendo says first year sales are expected to beat lifetime sales for the previous-generation Wii U console.

During its most recent earnings call Nintendo said 7.63 million units have been shipped since the Switch went on sale in March.

It predicts sales will rise to 14 million over the course of the year, topping the 13.5m total sales achieved by the poor old, misunderstood Wii U.

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The Wii U went on sale in November 2012, with production ending just over four years later to make room for the Switch.

Can Nintendo make enough?

Given Nintendo has persistently struggled to keep enough Switch consoles on the physical and virtual shelves, the achievement is even more impressive.

And considering Super Mario Odyssey, arguably the most anticipated title for the console, has only just gone on sale, Nintendo can expect demand to rise further.

With the busiest season of the year rapidly approaching, Nintendo is upping its production in the hope of meeting the festive rush head on.

“We’ve boosted Switch production in order to meet strong demand from our customers as it was difficult for customers to buy the consoles at retail stores,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima (via Engadget).

Elsewhere in the earnings call it was revealed Nintendo raked in $209m in profit over the previous three months, on revenues of $1.93 million.

The firm also sold 22 million games in total during the period.

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