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

In an earnings report released on Wednesday, Nintendo announced that its software sales volume totaled 47.1 million units. Not only are sales up a whopping 261% from this time past year, the Nintendo Switch has also officially outsolde the Wii U.

If the current sales pace continues, Switch game sales would surpass Wii U game sales sometime around November. Switch now sits at 14.86 million units sold compared to Wii U's 13.56 million units.

The company now has eight Switch titles that sold over a million copies in the last fiscal year, which contributes to the boost in profits the company has enjoyed over the past year.

"The key to Switch's success in the second year will be to attract non-gamers", he added. I think the cardboard is going to sell surprisingly well, even at almost $100.

This year is already set to be another big one for Nintendo. It will be "appealing to younger audience which has not been addressed by Nintendo for some time".

Nintendo has broken records with sales performance of the Nintendo Switch, and the console has already beaten the lifetime hardware sales of the Wii U. Through the holidays, PS4 and Xbox One sales were common, but retailers could draw crowds merely be advertising they had the Nintendo Switch in stock - no discounting required.

The company of 116.50 billion yen (£755m, $1.07 billion), up from 32.26 billion yen a year ago. This is also the firm's highest quarterly revenue figure since December 2009.

The hardware sales have been fueled by a fantastic year for games, with hits including "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild".

Nintendo reported the following results for the three months to the end of December 2017. The company reconfirmed that a new Pokemon game would be released for Switch "in 2018 or later".

Nintendo is expected to have much more in store this year, including new Fire Emblem and Yoshi titles.

Despite this great growth success, it's got a long way to go to hit the lofty heights of the Wii.