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I think that there was a lot of built up pressure with the WiiU, many people who bought a Nintendo console the generation prior skipped on the WiiU. When the Switch proved to be an excellent piece of hardware backed with a strong software library, many people expected to buy a Nintendo home console flocked back both in the core audience and in the mainstream. Couple that to the fact that the Switch inherits from both the home console audience and the portable Nintendo audience (which sold 75M pieces of hardware last gen), it explains what happened.