Japan: Nintendo Switch Has Already Outsold Wii U Lifetime Sales

Currently, the maximum capacity of the cards on which the Switch's physical games are sold is 32Gb, and Nintendo was expected to double that to 64Gb before the end of 2018. If the £14.99 price tag puts you off, the original version is also sale for a mere £3.99 on the Nintendo 3DS.

The company is now offering "My Nintendo" members good discounts for games released for the New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

So far, most Switch games have taken up much less space than 32Gb - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for example, fits in 13.4Gb and Super Mario Odyssey a svelte 5.7Gb. The fact that the system's flagship game outsold the hardware itself could be an indicator of consumer anticipation or could be from devoted fans buying a limited edition collector's edition of the game to save and another to play. With Outlast coming to the Switch, the Nintendo loyalists may call out for a more complex parental control setting with the hybrid console.

REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonA Nintendo video game logo is seen at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles, California, United States, June 17, 2015. Typically console systems hit stores in November, to take advantage of the holiday sales rush.

"Like the movie business, the (video game industry) is a very hard business to predict", Nintendo Canada general manager Pierre-Paul Trepanier said in a recent interview. Will it sell 10 million units?

Whether Switch will top the first year sales of the storied Nintendo Wii is still questionable.

By its first birthday, the Switch could surpass the total number of Wii U units sold over that system's entire inauspicious four-year run.

Correction: This story was revised to correct that unit sales of the Wii U in its first year were greater than those of Nintendo Switch's in its first month.

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