Nintendo Sold More Copies of Zelda Than Switch Consoles
In a press release, Nintendo announced they sold 906,000 units of the Nintendo Switch in March. In the same announcement, Nintendo announced they sold 1.3 million copies of Zelda. The breakdown of copies between the Switch and Wii U is 925,000 and 460,000 copies respectively. The news of sales number is revealing how well not only the Switch is doing but also Zelda. The sales reveal Zelda has over a 100% attach rate to Switch sales but also shows Zelda sold more copies for the Switch than units of the Switch.
The only answer for more copies of Zelda being sold than units of the Switch is fans are buying gear and games before they buy the Switch. The Nintendo Switch is sold out at almost every store, with Ebay having the only inventory. GameStop and Target employees have recommended this method as more Switch accessories have started going out of stock as demand has risen. Hopefully, the out of stock problem isn’t going to affect sales going on through the year.
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First month hardware sales in the U.S. according to NPD
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Zelda outsold the Switch, but the Switch is the best selling Nintendo console yet
While Zelda may have outsold the Nintendo Switch, it’s still one of the best-selling consoles to date. In the first month, the Switch has almost outsold the Xbox One and is close to the PS4. Those sales are surprising considering no other Nintendo console has reached that scale. The other consoles also launched near a holiday time where spending $300 was easy to justify, instead of launching in March.
Nintendo has a hit on their hands even though Zelda is the only worthwhile game to buy right now. The summer will bring a handful of other games that’ll get Switch users excited. They include Mario World, Mario Kart, ARMS, Minecraft, and Splatoon 2. Once they start launching, I suspect, more consumers will get interested in the Nintendo Switch.
Tell us in the comments below what you think about the sales numbers for both the Nintendo Switch and Zelda!