The Nintendo Switch is already a record-breaker
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 8:47
The news also comes after reports that the Nintendo Switch broke first-two day sales records in the U.S. as well. Having said that, the Switch starts out with a "big gun" - the much anticipated new Zelda game "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild".
In the first week, Nintendo's Switch sold 313,700 consoles in Japan, broadly in line with Sony (SNE) PS4's 322,000 and only 70,000 units behind the blockbuster Wii. And as with summer's "Pokémon Go" craze, which sent hordes of people rushing to Central Park to find a Charizard, we've seen what the mobile future of Nintendo's series of games and characters could look like. First, the Switch succeeds wonderfully where the Wii U failed so miserably. Both of those arrived in December, however, getting a festive bump.
As you'd expect, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild topped Japan's sales charts with 187,379 Switch copies sold. The former is not that troublesome, but the latter proves to be distracting while you're in the middle of a game. Now, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has commented on the current lack of multifunctionality, and it sounds like he's not that concerned about it (via IGN). "For the Nintendo Switch, we were very deliberate in wanting to make sure, from a Nintendo publish standpoint, that we had a steady cadence of great games in addition to strong titles at launch". The emulation software is known for providing PC gamers with the ability to run various Nintendo Wii U exclusive games on their PC without requiring the actual console.
Given the system's current limited library of games, it's hard to truly test Switch's capabilities in either TV or handheld mode. Speaking on getting video channels to the Switch, he stated, "We're talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon - things that will come in time".
On the hardware side of Japanese sales, the Nintendo Switch was the system to beat, selling 329,152 units this week. Of course, the rub comes in that when not docked, the Switch outputs in 720p, the same as Wii U, but with noticeably fewer framerate hiccups. That simply couldn't be accomplished at the time of Switch's launch.