Nintendo Switch Sells 1.5 Million Units In First Week
Nintendo had a lot riding on the success of the Switch. The hybrid home-mobile console generated both excitement and skepticism from the public and gaming press. Many were impressed with the Japanese company’s innovative approach to combining two disparate markets, but some were wary of the system’s lack of power and launch line-up.
However, it is starting to look like Nintendo’s gambit has paid off. Superdata has crunched the numbers obtained from both Famitsu and market research firm GfK and has determined that the Switch has sold 1.5 million units so far. The U.S. was the largest market accounting for 500,000 of the total units sold. In Nintendo’s home territory of Japan, the console sold 360,000 units. In Europe, the UK sold 85,000 units while France sold 110,00.
Unsurprisingly, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the driving force behind the Switch’s success and the data shows that 89 percent of Switch users bought the newest Zelda game meaning that it has sold more than 1.3 million copies worldwide. This does not include copies sold on the Wii U.
Superdata noted that these numbers were mostly from the first week of sales so the total number of units sold will be higher than their data indicates. Nintendo hoped to move 2 million units by the end of March and these numbers suggest that the company may very well reach that milestone.
As impressive as these numbers are, it is important to keep in mind that launch sales are not a particularly reliable indicator of how well a console will perform over the course of its lifetime. The 3DS launched to strong sales, but those numbers proved impossible to maintain thanks to a lack of software support.
If Nintendo wants to maintain this upward trend then they will need to ensure a steady stream of quality games. The next major first party title, Super Mario Odyssey, will not launch until the holiday season so whether or not Nintendo is able maintain their current momentum remains to be seen.
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