GameStop: Nintendo Switch Sales Could ‘Eclipse the Wii’

GameStop senior director of merchandising reveals to Game Rant that the Nintendo Switch is selling extremely well and could potentially outperform the Wii.

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darthv722190d ago

Well it first has to pass the wiiu, xb1, ps4, 360 and ps3 before it can eclipse the wii.

ShadowKnight2190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

I'm sure it will pass the Xbox one and Wii U

hahaha2190d ago

I think it will pass Nintendo virtual boy.

RosweeSon2190d ago

You can't say Xbox one round here. Not negatively anyway ;) I agree tho, I reckon 30/50 million easily.

MVGeneral2190d ago

The thing is, it's too early to tell. Consoles sell out all the time in the begining few weeks so I don't understand where all the speculation is coming from.

GtR35olution2190d ago

Lol. Silliest thing ive heard in a while. I didnt know Nintendo is so funny

mikeslemonade2190d ago

PS4 still can't match the pace of Wii so nope.

indysurfn2190d ago

a quote from the article: "A recent study found that while half the population of the UK knows what the Nintendo Switch is, only 32 percent of those who heard of it intended to buy one". This is an example of being able to spin a positive negative number as a negative.

Are they serious? 32% of 50% id 16% of population plans to buy the SWITCH then if this as they guess worked out world wide would mean 1.28 billion people would be planning to buy a SWITCH. If you just used the 8 billion estimate of world population. I am not impressed with this put down. HELLO.

deafdani2188d ago

@indysurfn: I agree, the negative spin here is astounding.

The UK's population is around 64 million. 50% of that is 32 million.

32% of 32 million is... 10,240,000.

So, "only" 10 million people in the United Kingdom intend to buy a Switch? Yeah, amazing how this is perceived as a negative.

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CaptainObvious8782190d ago

Are GameStop being paid to write such tripe?

Nintendo haven't learnt a single fking thing from the wii U and GS think it could eclipse the original wii?


ShottyatLaw2190d ago

I wouldn't say they're paid to say such things per se, but of the 3 consoles, i can see the Switch being their hopeful success.

Limited storage means less digital purchases. Switch is not BC with Wii U, so either they sell remasters or people buy used Wii U games from Gamestop. While Sony and MS are pushing PS Now and Game Pass, Nintendo might have VC available soon.... The Switch could be a Gamestop moneymaker.

Erik73572190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

I want a switch and I never had wiiu. They learned some things.

Maybe Sony can learn to make a higher rated game next time

Istolla2190d ago

What exactly haven't they learned? Please give us your expertise.

Sirk7x2190d ago

Chances are they're not being paid to say stuff like that. I don't think Nintendo pays off people like everyone claims. There would be evidence of it. Some gaming journalists probably have actual integrity, you know? So, if GS wasn't paid to make such claims, then why would they? They're either telling the truth or trying to build hype for sales.

MVGeneral2190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

They've said something similar when wiiu was launched, look how that turned out.


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Erik73572190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

Guess thats what that statment in the title meant darthv72

KwietStorm_BLM2190d ago

"Maybe Sony can learn to make a higher rated game next time"

Like any number of Uncharted, God of War, Gran Turismo or The Last Of Us games? lol why do you try so hard Erik? Why is this so personal to you?

MyDietEqualsGames2190d ago

The difference here is that Sony takes risks with their IP, Nintendo.. not so much. They are trying to grab on to the mobile segment with the Switch as well as grab onto the console segment. Jack of all trades, master of none.

It's decent hardware. But as far as I see, Nintendo will once again go for nostalgia, casual player and the Ninty fanboy who are comparable to religious zealots that sacrifice other fanboys on the alter of Nintendo. Blood flowing red like the Switch logo.

I am surprised to see so many hardcore Nintendo fanboys come out of the woodwork as the NX came close to launch and fervent after launch.
Personally, I think Erik is a closet fanboy trying so hard to prove otherwise.

When you toss around meta-critic to justify a game, you lose credibility in my eyes. I haven't really relied on reviews to decide whether or not I will buy a game, in a long damned time. So anytime I see someone hold Meta Critic up like the 10 commandment stones I laugh with great excess.
They are paid-for opinions.

Give me an opinion from someone who bought the game and is willing to spill about it's shortcomings. Those are the best reviews to me.

Sparta072190d ago

@ Erik, " I want a switch and I never had wiiu. "
😂 So you been lying all this time when you were saying how great Zelda is!? 🤔
Good to know, wow!! You need help.

Dark_Knightmare22190d ago

You troll while looking ridiculous since Sony has released the most critically acclaimed games in the last twenty years according to metacritic. Yeah so next time you fanboy at least have some facts so you don't look ridiculous especially acting like an 89 metacritic score is low when it's less than a point behind the almighty Zelda lol must have you nervous for some reason

The 10th Rider2190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )


Sony makes some great games, but "Sony has released the most critically acclaimed games in the last twenty years according to metacritic" is flat out wrong. In the last twenty years Nintendo has had Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Breath of the Wild, Perfect Dark, and Metroid Prime all at 97 or higher. Sony doesn't have a single game on Metacritic rated that highly. Even if you widen your standards Nintendo still has far more. I think part of the confusion is that Sony has many exclusives that they don't publish. If you said something like "Sony is home to the most critically acclaimed console exclusives of the past twenty years" you might have a leg to stand on. People will disagree, but you can go look it up for yourself and see that your statement, as it stands, is wrong.

If you don't believe me, just look:

Average score is higher, ratio of positively reviewed games to mixed or negative is much better, and the number of games above a 90 is much more. Maybe "next time you fanboy at least have some facts so you don't look ridiculous".

MVGeneral2189d ago

Erik is cry baby. Always trying to attack playstation. It's because of his own insecurities with nintendo. he knows yhe switch sucks. One of the worst rated consoles. Envy and jealousy is bad for the soul.

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XanderZane2190d ago

Yeah, I'm not holding my breath for that. It hasn't even sold over 2 million yet. I'm sure there's still some demand for it to play Zelda and Mario when it's released, but I don't really know anyone who's in a rush to get a Switch right now.

BIGBOSS082190d ago

I remember all the same stuff being said about the wii u too and it turned out to be the biggest flop in console history. I want hard facts and hard numbers, not BS from gamestop and Nintendo fans having an orgasm over Nintendo.

deafdani2189d ago


"Biggest flop in console history"?

LOL. Yup, the Wii U sold pretty damn bad, but there are several game consoles released previously that sold even worse. Dreamcast, for example (which was actually an amazing console).

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Vegamyster2190d ago

I expect it to beat out the Wii-U and possibly the Gamecube depending on how consistent games come out next year, they have the marketing down but I'd be shocked if it hit 360/PS3 numbers let alone the Wii.

The 10th Rider2190d ago

I think the big thing that will determine sales numbers will be what they ave coming in the next year and a half. If they truly have a Pokemon game coming out and they get some games like Animal Crossing out for it, in addition to Fire Emblem next year and Super Mario Odyssey this holiday, it could see some very strong sales through 2018. If all they've got is what's been announced and next year is light on games, it'll just be the Wii U all over again.

dp2774072190d ago

I actually agree with that and think it really depends on how consistent they can be with putting out games and getting third parties to put out games. it'll be crucial to see sales at 15-20 million or 40-80 million I think


Gamers are different now than they were 10 years ago. Most gamers demand more from their console and with the release of the Pro and incoming Scorpio people expect 4K like resolution. Parlor tricks won't work like they did with the Wii (see the Wii U, Kinect, and PS move for proof). I seriously doubt the Switch will even sale half of what the Wii sold. Little to no 3rd party support and being underpowered compared to current gen will be the demise of the Switch. I like the Switch don't get me wrong shit I bought two of them but let's be real here...

Psytrix2190d ago

Congrats, You bought two over priced invidia shields.


Congrats you passed judgement on something you don't even own. And what I bought was two Nintendo Switch consoles.

Psytrix2190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

@Blackie September Nope - nothing custom about Nintendo's chip - you bought a shield. I was stupid enough to buy a Wii U, same shit different rapping.

Love how you reply then make it so I can't reply back directly, ya Nintoddler.

deafdani2189d ago

First, he didn't say anything about Nintendo's chip being custom or anything, you did. He only stated that he bought 2 Nintendo Switch consoles, which is true.

Second, he didn't "make it so that you can't reply directly"... that's N4G's comment system, which only allows you to reply to a post, and reply to the first reply. Anything further than that can't be replied to directly.

Third: "Nintoddler"? Jesus, grow up.

Psytrix2189d ago (Edited 2189d ago )

Thanks for your unneeded run down of events Deaf dani, now if you're finished telling me to 'grow up' - I'll let you get back to Lego Batman 3.

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Erik73572190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

Most gamers want good exclusives again....most gamers have a gaming pc and seeing 3rd party games like mass effect on the console isnt a big deal anymore.


I agree and disagree with that. Wii U was filled with highly rated exclusives yet it failed to sale well. If gamers wanted only exclusives then the Wii U should have been a success story. Gamers want it all basically. Great games and powerful consoles.

BIGBOSS082190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

How delusional are you? Next you'll be saying no one cares about red dead 2 or GTA 6 or the next battlefield or call of duty.. They ain't a big deal anymore right? are you f*cking kidding me? It's because of people like you, Nintendo will never be successful again. You accept mediocrity. Those games will sell more than the entire wii u sales and they wont be on the switch. Your a joke pal. You should be hiding after such embarrassing statements.

The 10th Rider2190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )


As a Wii U owner, it had some good games but the droughts were soooooooo long. And the highest rated game (until Zelda), Super Mario 3D World, was disappointing as far as the series' history goes. The Wii U's saving grace was the couch multiplayer, otherwise I would have been disappointed I ever bought one.

kneon2190d ago


The Wii U exclusives were primarily aimed at the Nintendo fan base, they did very little to pull in people outside that group. And they don't seem to be doing much different with the switch. The only advantage it has going for it is that it might pull in a few more people who want portable gaming. But that is as dying market segment as phones fill that need for the majority of people

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RosweeSon2190d ago

I've never expected 4K from a game and I've been playing for 30 years. I expect great gameplay.

mcstorm2190d ago

I'm the same. For me the market is to much the same over and over now. I have found the wiiu and the switch a great break from the yoy games. Yes it's not for everyone but for me i really like the switch hardware and looking forward to some more of their own IPS. For Nintendo to be successful again they need to bring a few more new IPS the same quality of splatoon but also bring back some of the big names like fzero metroid ect. E3 is going to be a very interesting one as for me VR is starting to fade away so Sony need to give us some big names in be. We are not sure what ms is going to do and Nintendo needs to bring some big 3rd party names to its console

TH3 GAM32190d ago

@mcstorm your​ comment is comical. Nintendo has been recycling the same IPs for the last 30 years. What break are you talking about? That you can get Mario and Zelda on the go but that's not the same thing right?!

Erock772190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

Only reason to even have a console is for exclusives that matter, Nintendo isnt scared to break molds. If someone cares about 4k why would they chose a console? I have a 2500k at 4.3ghz, 980ti, 2 ocz vertex 3s in raid zero and a 1440p gsync 144hz screen (4k can only do 60hz right now which is trash) point is why does it matter? Switch gives me the best portable system and already has and will have some of the best games, They average more 10/10 games than any other Company. By the way, i play WoW on my pc, a Old game with dated graphics that also happens to be good. Its very rare that the very pretty games are actually very good games. Not going to argue that i love it when they are both but i much rather have a good game.

Dark_Knightmare22190d ago

Your "fact" that they average more 10 out of 10 games is false. The facts have showed just a few weeks ago that Sony has released the most critically acclaimed games in the last twenty years according to metacritic with yes Nintendo coming in second so yeeeahhh.

The 10th Rider2190d ago

Dark_Knightmare2 you really need to check your facts before you make obviously incorrect claims.

deafdani2189d ago (Edited 2189d ago )

Being underpowered won't matter for the Switch if Nintendo gets the same support for it that it always got for all of its handheld consoles. Yup, we aren't going to see Witcher 3 on it and the like, but if you really own 2 of those things, you know it's silly to expect that tiny tablet to have anything close to the power of an Xbox One, let alone a PS4, let alone a PS4 Pro or a Scorpio... the Switch is about 1/8th the size of Xbox One, if not smaller. Lol.

But if Nintendo focus all of its development and publishing efforts on the Switch alone, and if the Switch gets a lot of indie support and japanese third party support, it will be fine. It doesn't need to offer the same game library as the real home consoles, it just need to build a big and steady game library for itself to be compelling for the customers.

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Erik73572190d ago

Laugh at what I predicted and told all of you that it would be succesful

knickstr2190d ago

Its too early to call it successful yet. They've managed to sell out of their initial limited stock. that's all. If they didn't do that it would be a pretty bad failure.

_-EDMIX-_2190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

You're predicting over a hundred million units?


I'm no mathematician but I'm pretty damn positive the market that purchase the Wii doesn't even exist in the realm to be purchasing this type of Hardware anymore, they've moved on to Facebook iOS and other casual games.

Even when you add in the 3DS sales to the Wii U you still end up in a situation where you have to get more market share to justify predicting a hundred million.

It just doesn't add up.

In order to add market share, they need to do something to gain new consumers in the first place.

Like I've been saying for a long time this is a Nintendo system made for Nintendo Gamers I don't see anything in the system that is going to make them gain new consumers.

Dark_Knightmare22190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

It's too early though hell it took it a week to sell over a million worldwide while PS4 and x1 did that shit in 24 hours in just North America lol. I like the switch but man you fanboys are zealots and make it real hard to enjoy because you're so damn frustrating

MVGeneral2190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

Eric, It is funny
because they've said something similar when wiiu was launched, look how that turned out. I can't find the exact article but here is something familiar from your friends at gamestop.


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rivaldoo7772190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

Like someone made a dumb statement above that ps4 should learn to bring high rates game yet ps4 dominated at launch with average launch titles. Selling 1 million in 24 hours just in Us and Canada alone . I hope switch has a bright future as well but seems like the statistics are showing concerns rather

Erik73572190d ago (Edited 2190d ago )

It's a new market and Ima part of that new market. Gamers who dont want a generic console and better exclusives.

FYI, never bought a Wiiu or 3DS. Calculate that

_-EDMIX-_2190d ago

That's actually ironic because I own a 3DS and every Nintendo console they've released with the exception of the Wii U.

You've been throwing all these insults yet your not even an owner of their previous generation platforms? Smh.

I'm sorry buddy but you're an exception you're not the mass majority of consumers.

Mind you what doesn't even make any sense about your statement is if that was the case wouldn't the Wii U have not sold 14 million?


Are you not fully understanding that you're technically just saying a different result will happen based on the same situation?

What new market are you even talking about? The PlayStation 4 is breaking numerous ridiculous records that was ironically only held by them lol

So some new magical Market exists that in which you're unable to actually properly explained with a real economical evidence.

But you're also ignoring that the PlayStation 4 is breaking records? 🤔🤔🤔 28514;😂😂㈳ 4;

Ok bud.

I would get over this now because this same type of tough talk happened around when the Wii U was first released.

For god sakes Nintendo themselves believed it was going to sell 100 million units.

You might as well copy and paste what you stated and apply it to when the Wii U when it released.

Pancit_Canton2190d ago

GameStop is probably the last place that you would want as a reliable source.

UltimateOwnage2190d ago

Nintendo doubling production to meet demand is another hint at a tidal wave building. I'm in wait and see mode still, but I think it will be sitting pretty nicely a year from now.

The 10th Rider2190d ago

That is correct. They wouldn't do that if they didn't expect the sales. Heck, they'd wait to do it if they weren't highly confident in it, otherwise they're stuck with tons of stock to move at discount prices. You can bet they have a better analysis of sales potential and interest than any commenter here. If they're doubling production next fiscal year to 16 million, they must expect it to outsell the Wii U in the first fiscal year. Granted that's just the first year and there's a ways to go before they can reach Wii level sales. However signs are looking good that the Switch will be a success, even if not Wii or PS4 levels of success.

PlayStation_52190d ago

Apparently GameStop thinks that Nintendo is going to release a new Zelda game every month for the next 4 years...

The 10th Rider2190d ago

Zelda typically is not a massive seller. Splatoon outsold Skyward Sword on a console with 1/7th the install base. Even Fire Emblem is nearly as popular as Zelda.

Considering Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hits in a month, Splatoon 2 over the Summer and Super Mario Odyssey during the holidays . . . That's better than having four Zelda's this year. If they bring out Animal Crossing and Pokemon next year those are MUCH bigger than Zelda.

deafdani2188d ago

@Rider: people don't like facts around here.

But you're right. Zelda, despite its status as a revered Nintendo franchise, is actually not anywhere close in sales power as the other IPs you mentioned.

On the other hand, this new Zelda being a launch title for a console a pretty sparse launch lineup, on top of being one of the highest rated games in the past 10 years or so, has definitely made it a killer app in this particular case.