Nintendo sells nearly a million Switch consoles in first month

Nintendo has announced that the Switch console has sold 906,000 units after 28 days on sale, while the accompanying Zelda Breath of the Wild actually sold more copies than physical consoles at 925k. The Wii U's best-selling Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, sold roughly 2.11 million copies between September 2013 and December 2016.

The Switch has received praise for its console-tablet hybrid design that lets gamers play both in the living room and outside the house.

And this new sales data paints the picture that it's on track to do just that, as its popularity has put the Switch in prime position for Nintendo to drop some more quality games for the holiday season to make it an even more enticing gift option. And now that the interest on the new Legend of Zelda game is starting to wane down, Nintendo will need more titles on the Switch.

Keep note of these times if you're going to be using Nintendo consoles online next week. Nintendo attributes this weird phenomenon to "people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play".

CNNTech writes that Nintendo Switch sold over 906,000 units in the first month of launch in the US alone. Previous pack-in games like Super Mario World on the SNES, Tetris on the Game Boy, and Wii Sports on the Wii by definition only sold to 100 percent of console owners during those systems' crucial launch periods.

The Zelda franchise is "a system seller", a game so appealing that users will buy the hardware in order to play it, said Serkan Toto, a Tokyo-based game industry analyst. So far, Nintendo has released a number of games for the portable gaming console. The console is also sold out in parts of Europe and Japan.

Beyond the US, the Switch and the new Zelda game are hits worldwide.

The bumper sales buoyed investors' confidence.

  • Arturo Norris