The Nintendo Switch is Officially the Company’s Fastest Selling Console Ever


The Switch has sold more units faster than any other Nintendo console, but it’s till being outsold by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Last month, there were estimates that the Nintendo Switch had sold roughly 1.5 million units worldwide. Fast forward to today, and Nintendo has finally announced its official sales numbers for March, at least in the US.

The numbers come from Nintendo of America, which cites NPD data that has the Switch at 906,000 units sold in March in the US. In announcing those numbers, Nintendo says that Switch is selling “faster in its launch month than any other video game system in Nintendo history.” We still don’t have worldwide sales numbers for the console, but Nintendo promised to provide those during its April 27 fiscal earnings report.

What’s even more interesting in these numbers are the sale figures Nintendo shared for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game sold about 460,000 units for the Wii U, and 925,000 for the Switch. If you’re keeping track, that means that the Switch version of Breath of the Wild actually outsold the Switch itself. Nintendo addressed this, saying, “This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play.”

These numbers help to explain the rumors that Nintendo was planning to double Switch production. These numbers may be the best in Nintendo’s history, but they still don’t match up to the Xbox One, which sold over 2 million units in its first 18 days, and the PS4 sold 2.1 million units in its first 14 days.

We’ll see how the worldwide numbers stack up when they’re announced later this month.

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