The Switch Has Become Nintendo’s Fastest-Selling Console to Date

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An official press release from Nintendo has confirmed the Switch has now become the company’s fastest-selling console ever in its history. The console was released back on March 3, and Nintendo has said that the system has sold over 906,000 units over the course of a month. The press release reads:

“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 non-traditional month for a console launch.”

Nintendo has recognized in the press release that even though with so many units out in the wild, the shipments are not enough to keep up with the high demand from consumers. Nintendo has also stated that a full account of the consoles current sales will be available on April 27, as part of the company’s fiscal-year earnings report.

Now you might think that alone would be enough to stroke Nintendo’s ego for quite a while, but wait, that’s not all. Nintendo has also stated that they have somehow managed to sell more Switch copies of its new star release title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, than they have sold Switch consoles.

On the Switch alone, Nintendo have sold over 925,000 copies of the game – that’s an extra 19,000 units than the Switch, which is a pretty remarkable achievement for the company. Nintendo have credited these numbers in a press release, to the “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,” the press release reads.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has almost sold 406,000 copies on the Wii U, which is roughly one-third of the games approximate total sold units of 1.3 million.

Jayden Hausfeld is an aspiring Pop-culture/Video game journalist from Australia. When he isn’t studying for his Bachelor degree in Journalism or fighting off all the animals that could kill him, he’s generally playing video games or binge watching Netflix shows which take up the rest of his free time.


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