Switch Breaks Nintendo Sales Record In North America
Within 48 hours of the Nintendo Switch launch, the handheld console in North America sold more than any other piece of Nintendo hardware in the same time span, the Japanese corporation reported. Though, as usual, it’s near impossible to get exact numbers out of Nintendo America regarding Switch sales, it’s still fairly impressive for a console that many felt a bit hesitant about thanks to its disappointing games lineup and mediocre hardware. It’s doubly impressive when Nintendo’s history of selling huge amounts of machines is taken into account.
The announcement comes from Reggie Fils-Aime, the president for Nintendo of America, who also reported that a new game claimed the title as the best selling standalone launch title in Nintendo history, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which beat out stalwarts like Super Mario 64. Note that this does not include games that came prepackaged with consoles, as Zelda had to be bought separately; whether the game has a shot as Nintendo’s best seller of all time will be clear in due course.
Nintendo Japan was a bit more open with exact figures, thankfully, reporting that Nintendo Switch sales were 330,637 — beating out the Wii U, which sold 308,570 in the first two days — and Zelda sold just over 190,000 copies, excluding downloads from Nintendo’s digital storefront. However, this does not mean that the Switch is a record breaker there as it is in Canada and the U.S., since the Wii U back in the day sold almost 372,000 in its first 48 hours.
How these figures compare with the competition is as yet unclear, since Nintendo isn’t the only company that remains close-lipped when it comes to sales figures. One thing that is more than likely, however, is that the champagne corks in Nintendo HQ were popping at the news; it seems 2017 is coming up Nintendo so far, let’s see what the rest of the year does.
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