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The Switch is Nintendo’s Fastest Selling Console… EVER

by on April 14, 2017

According to Nintendo, the Switch is their fastest selling console, ever. The company sent out a press release (posted below), announcing that the Switch has sold more than 906,000 units since its release on March 3rd. This is great news for Nintendo, as the Switch is already passing the original Wii as a more popular system so far and is WAY more popular than the cluster**** that was the Wii U. What makes this news even better, is that if Nintendo were able to keep enough stock in stores, they’d be selling even more. They’d have easily pass 1 million consoles in the past month. As someone who picked up the Switch on release, I can say it’s probably the best feeling console Nintendo has released since the Nintendo 64, Between Zelda, Blaster Master Zero, King of Fighter 98, SnipperClips and the Puyo Puyo Tetris Demo, I can’t seem to put it down. I’ve already beaten  Zelda once, but I’m going back and finding all the memories and doing all the shines, so I can get the full ending. I can’t get enough of Zelda. Speaking of which…

Here’s another crazy stat from the press release. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold a combined 1.3 million units, on both Switch and Wii U. Those specific number breakdowns have been 925,000 units on Switch and 460,000 on the Wii U. Now, if you read that Switch sales number for Zelda and said, wait a minute. You’d be right to pause, Zelda for the Switch sold 925,000 units, while the Switch console itself has only sold 906,000. That means that for some odd reason, people were buying Zelda, without the console. Perhaps it was for someone else as a gift or maybe they bought the game hoping to find a Switch later? I have no idea, but it sure does sound strange.

Either way, Nintendo has a hit on their hands and from the Digital Treehouse presentation the other day, they appear to have some decent games on the horizon for the next few months, with ARMS, Splatoon 2, Street Fighter II Ultra and of course Mario Kart 8 Deluxe later this month. That’s not even knowing what they have planned for E3, for which Reggie Fils-Aime said they have big plans.

On April 27th, Nintendo will announce the full system sales for investors during their fiscal year earnings release, so we’ll get another update then, a day before Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Official Press Release from Nintendo:

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nintendo Switch, the new home gaming system that people can also take on the go, has sold faster in its launch month than any other video game system in Nintendo history. The Nintendo Switch system sold more than 906,000 units in March, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. That makes Nintendo Switch one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time. Notably, this sales surge was accomplished in a nontraditional month for a console launch.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game sold over 1.3 million units*. That total includes more than 925,000 units sold for Nintendo Switch and nearly 460,000 units sold for the Wii U console. That means that Nintendo sold more of this game for Nintendo Switch than it sold Nintendo Switch systems, for an attach rate of more than 100 percent. This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play.

This was all enough to make The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series.

“Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “With its various play modes and the innovative features of the Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch provides unique experiences that people can take with them anywhere and share with anyone.”

While Nintendo Switch sales are off to a record-breaking start, shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand. Nintendo is working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped. In just over two weeks, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 28 with more content than any other Mario Kart game in series history, including 48 racing tracks, new Battle modes, new characters and other additions. Competition on Nintendo Switch gets even hotter heading into summer, with the release of the ARMS game on June 16 and the Splatoon 2 game on July 21.

A full accounting of worldwide Nintendo Switch sales, as well as other financial information, will be provided on April 27, when Nintendo issues its fiscal-year earnings release. For more information, keep an eye on Nintendo’s investor relations page at https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en.

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 700 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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