Nintendo sells almost a million Switch consoles in first month

Nintendo announced to have sold over 900,000 Switch consoles in March.

The company also pointed out that March is a "nontraditional month" for a new console release. Citing numbers from NPD (so we're talking North America here), the Switch sold over 906,000 consoles in March, with Breath of the Wild moving 925,000+ copies for Switch and nearly 460,000 for Wii U-also not a bad number, considering that the (roughly ten million) Wii U owners are mostly Nintendo diehards who were likely to buy a Switch anyway.

While "Breath of the Wild" has sold more copies than the Nintendo Switch, it does not mean that the console did not sell well. This smaller version of the Nintendo Switch could "possibly" be called the Nintendo Switch Mini, says the group, which also predicts that it will sell 6.7 million units of the console through March 2019, though the analysts didn't suggest a price.

Breath of the Wild shifted 1.3 million units, 925,000 of which were on the Switch, and 460,000 on the Wii U. This is an impressive attach rate, over 100% in fact. The Wii sold 470,000 units in the USA in its launch month of November 2006.

Nintendo adds that "full accounting of worldwide Nintendo Switch sales" will be made available on April 27 when it issues its full fiscal-year earnings.

"Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different".

The Nintendo Switch is selling fast and breaking records at Nintendo. The console has already beaten Sony and Microsoft in its home market of Japan and its flagship titles has shipped more units than the console itself. The company attributed that to people buying a limited edition version of the game to collect and another to play on the console. That problem will only be exacerbated when games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, and Splatoon 2 debut in the coming months.

That show should prove one of the most exciting in recent years, with Xbox set to unveil their super-powered Project Scorpio console during the same event - making it a very good time to be a gamer.

  • Carolyn Briggs