A report reveals the Switch already has sold three times the
number of games the Wii U did at this same time in its lifecycle.
Kotaku UK reports at the end of December, or the Switch’s 279th
day on the market, they downloaded data from more than 18,000 games and 250,000
reviews from Metacritic. According to the data, the Switch by then had 191
games available, whereas on the 279th day the Wii U and Wii had about 60 and 65 games,
respectively, according to a chart. The Wii U didn’t reach 191 games until 856
days after launch. On the other hand, PlayStation 4 had about 100 games, while
Xbox One fell slightly behind it.
The data also shows how well games were reviewed among Switch,
Wii U, and Wii in that timeframe. Games on Metacritic that score at least 80 or higher and reviewed by at least 40 different outlets were looked at.
Around 45 Switch games met those credentials within its first 279
days, while the Wii U and Wii each had about 50 games like that in both console’s
entire life span.
[Source: Kotaku UK]
I always feel so bad for the Wii U. A number of
factors, from the marketing to its terrible name that to this day puzzles the
average consumer, contributed to its short life. The Switch is basically what
the Wii U wanted to be, and it’s exciting to see with this visual data how well
the portable home console is doing. Let’s hope this momentum can carry over
into the Switch’s second year and recruit even more developers to make
excellent content for what is already an exemplary platform.