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Switch Sells Over 700,000 Units in the UK, Outsells Wii U

Switch Sells Over 700,000 Units in the UK, Outsells Wii U - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 February 2018 / 2,256 Views

The Nintendo Switch has sold over 700,000 units in the UK in 48 weeks, according to retail reports sent to GamesIndustryMario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have sold more than a combined one million units. 

The console has already outsold the Wii U by a large margin, which was on sale for over five years.


The Switch has fallen behind the Wii in the UK, which hit one million units sold in 38 weeks. The PlayStation 4 took 42 weeks to sell one million units, the DS 45 weeks, the PS3 46 weeks, and the PS2 50 weeks. 

In France, the Nintendo Switch sold 911,000 units in 2017 to become the fastest-selling console in the country. In the US, the console sold 4.8 million units in 2017.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments

Errorist76 (on 07 February 2018)

So while it's still comparatively low selling compared to other European countries, it's still selling well for Nintendo standards in UK?! Great to hear that. Btw that new controller colour scheme looks rad.


Insidb (on 07 February 2018)

I like my grey, but that seems like a minority opinion.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 07 February 2018)

I heard grey is the best selling version but that could be wrong. I'm curious to know how much each colour has sold.


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Insidb (on 07 February 2018)

Neon always seems to be sold out: maybe we just get the scraps lol.


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OTBWY (on 07 February 2018)

I like both red or both blue.


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xMetroid (on 07 February 2018)

Grey seemed to be more popular early on but now i think Neon is more popular. Idk what its like in total but its probably close.


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TimothyDalton (on 07 February 2018)

Pink/Green is the Splatoon 2 edition joy cons. They look great in real life too. They're not available in all territories though, yet.


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Jranation (on 07 February 2018)

That is more than I thought it would be. Great Job!


Walbert (on 07 February 2018)

Shelves in my local retailers are constantly emptying of Switch consoles.


ROCKY223 (on 08 February 2018)

the whole europe has been conquered by sony, but these numbers are still impressive


bonzobanana (on 07 February 2018)

How is it comparatively low to other European countries when its likely only 1 or 2 countries (France and Germany) sold more. Surely its a huge success when there are 50 countries in Europe and the UK is 3rd in buying the most per head. One in every 4-5 Switches sold in Europe is in the UK. UK population about 66 million. Europe population 750 million.


Insidb (on 07 February 2018)

It broke all-time records in those territories, while it is currently 6th all-time in the UK.


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bonzobanana (on 08 February 2018)

Which territories and what about if such countries never took many wii u's, wii's or other Nintendo consoles previously. Their all-time records may still be extremely small sales compared to other countries. You can skew statistics to whatever you want to believe but the UK appears to be one of the top three countries in Europe for Switch by actual sales which surely is all that matters.


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itsyounghavok (on 07 February 2018)

so in its entire lifespan the Wii U didn't break a million sold? That's insane. I can't believe the Wii U was that insignificant for Nintendo in the UK.


bonzobanana (on 07 February 2018)

There is only about 3 million wii u's in the whole of Europe. The UK took getting on a third of them.


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