As the video game industry gears for the holiday season rush, the Nintendo Switch is quickly becoming the best selling console of 2017.
According to the NPD Group, the Switch has outsold Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 in five of the seven months since its launch. It has sold more than 2 million units in the U.S. alone and 4.7 million worldwide.
The Switch is about to enter its first holiday season, and with flagship titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 launching in the next few months, the system should see a major surge in sales.
The numbers are impressive for the console/handheld hybrid when compared to its predecessor, the Wii U. Lifetime sales for that system finished at only 13.5 million units as of December of 2016, making it Nintendo's worst selling system. Though the Switch is rapidly closing in on that number, it doesn't match the meteoric rise of the original Wii, which had sold nearly twice as many units as the Switch by this point in its lifetime.
The question remains whether there will be enough supply to keep up with the inevitable demand of the Switch this holiday season.