Nintendo Switch lifetime sales have already topped those of the Wii U

A Super Mario figure greets shoppers at an electronics store in Tokyo on Jan. 31

A Super Mario figure greets shoppers at an electronics store in Tokyo on Jan. 31

Nintendo revealed in its latest earnings report that 14.86 million Switch consoles have been sold by the end of December 2017, beating the 13.56 million lifetime units that its predecessor, the Wii U, sold before the end of its production previous year.

Overall, roughly half of the Nintendo Switch's hardware and software sales have come in the past three months ending on December 31, 2017. By hitting back - and capturing the public's imagination - with the Switch, the company has proved them wrong. Wii U port, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes second place at 7.33 million units so far and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is actually in third with its 6.7 million sales.

The investor relation portal also discloses that total Switch software sales reached 52.57 million units.

Specifically, 14.86 million units were sold.

Nintendo Switch consoles can be picked up for £279.99 with no games. The company's earnings reports indicate that Nintendo experienced a 261% revenue bump from previous year.

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After a quiet 2016, Nintendo was ready to release Switch, with the device proving sceptics wrong to become a bona fide phenomenon. It also makes last quarter Nintendo's most profitable in eight years.

The Switch's high sales numbers were accompanied by good sales for the 3DS as well, reaching 5.86 million 3DS/2DS units sold, bringing the 3DS family's total sales to just under 72 million. Switch is expected to comfortably exceed 15 million sales by March 2018, up from the previous estimate of 14 million.

This year is already set to be another big one for Nintendo.

Besides a stable of game franchises to exploit, the company will also be releasing the Nintendo Labo cardboard construction kits for the Switch it announced a few weeks back. The Switch is on track to top consoles like the GameCube (21.74 million) and Nintendo 64 (32.93 million) in the next year. Much of the Switch's success can be attributed to the strong lineup of titles Nintendo released past year.

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