Nintendo Shares Jump After Switch Sets U.S. Sales Records
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 5:48
Nintendo had originally planned on selling only 2 million Nintendo Switch units worldwide for the month of March- but it looks like they may have beaten their own expectations.
Nintendo of America has announced that Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling system in the company's history.
The data, which was compiled by the NPD Group, a research firm that tracks the us gaming industry, suggests that Nintendo sold more units of the Switch's most popular games than units of the hardware itself. "Breath of the Wild" is now the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, and also the fastest-selling "Zelda game of all time, Fortune reported". However, it's still a speculation but the latest developments suggest that the game is set to launch on Nintendo Switch after it's release on Nintendo Wii U. So basically, Switch version of Zelda has sold more copies than the console itself. Additionally, they expect the Switch to sell 25.7 million units by the March 2019 fiscal year.
Nintendo also said today that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 1.3 million units; more 925,000 were sold on Switch and nearly 460,000 on Wii U. Furthermore, the timing of the release was rather unconventional as most consoles release during the holiday season. A report by the NPD Group reveals that the Switch was the top-selling console in the USA during its launch month of March.
Also of note is SuperData's guess at the total number of Switch's sold in March. The news outlet also attributes the success so far of the console to a game tied with it: Zelda Breath of the Wild.
What do you guys think of the Nintendo Switch sales?
It is confirmed that more than nine-hundred thousand units of Nintendo Switch was sold last month.
Right behind Switch we can find, unexpectedly, PlayStation 4, which beats Xbox One for the fifth month in a row. That problem will only be exacerbated when games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, and Splatoon 2 debut in the coming months.