The Nintendo Switch has been the surprise hit of the year, it’s only been out for just over a week and it has sold phenomenally. I think better than anyone ever really expected or predicted…even Nintendo!
It’s certainly the kick up the backside the company have needed and with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild defying all expectations it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The figures come from data research site, SuperData and they show the Nintendo Switch sales sitting pretty at 1.5 million units sold globally! Just to put that into perspective, the Wii U which launched in 2012 has sold around just 887,00 units worldwide in it’s 4 and a half years on the shelves.
The figures are just from the first week of sales as well so that is probably going to be higher still come this friday. The gaming giants are aiming to reach the 2 million mark by the end of March, with this news it seems they are well on their way to smashing that target out of the park.
If you split the figures up there’s around 89% of Switch buyers that purchased Breath of the Wild with it, 500,000 consoles sold in the US, 85,000 sold in the UK, 110,000 in France and 360,000 in Japan. There are some big games coming out over the coming months as well as it’s first year, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is due in April and then there’s Splatoon 2 coming over the summer. Plus countless indie titles heading to the eShop so I think Nintendo have been off to a good start.
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