Nintendo Switch Exceeds Forecast with 2.4 Million Sales in the First Month

A lot of that success can be attributed to "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" game, which the company claims to have sold over 1.3 million units. Considering there have only been 906,000 Switches sold, that meant some bought more than one, probably the limited edition and a regular copy. For instance, the console has sold 300,000 units in Japan during the initial week. NPD's console sales numbers are derived from incomplete, sampled data from retailers, forcing the firm to indirectly estimate sales at big retailers like Walmart.

Not too shabby, especially considering that the console launched in March rather than the traditional holiday season launch window.

Nintendo will continue to support the Switch with a steady stream of releases over the next couple of months.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.


According to Nintendo Everything, there was more than a 102% attachment rate between Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Nintendo Switch, with some gamers buying additional copies of the game even when they didn't own the system. The game console manufacturer was proud to say that the console is one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time.

To put those sales in context: Nintendo said the Wii U sold 13.56 million units worldwide between its November 2012 launch and December 2016; nearly 1 million Switch units have been sold in its first month of availability within the USA alone. For context, Microsoft moved more than 2 million Xbox One units in its first 18 days of availability while Sony moved 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units in that console's first 14 days, according to CNBC. Previous pack-in games like Super Mario World on the SNES, Tetris on the Game Boy, and Wii Sports on the Wii by definition only sold to 100 percent of console owners during those systems' crucial launch periods. The summer will bring a handful of other games that'll get Switch users excited.

It's also predicted Nintendo will have sold 25.7 million Switch units by the time this smaller console launches - a fairly ambitious goal.

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