Switch's Library Is Three Times Bigger Than Wii U's Was At This Point

by Robbie Key on Feb 06, 2018 at 02:55 PM

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]


Our Take
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.