According to a recent statement by Nintendo, the newly released Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console in history for the company. Faster than any of the many consoles that Nintendo has launched before, Nintendo managed to sell close to one million units in March according to NPD data. Furthermore, the timing of the release was rather unconventional as most consoles release during the holiday season.
A lot of this success has to be due to the coinciding release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo say that they’ve sold over 1.3 million copies of the game across both the Switch and Wii U. Putting this into perspective, Nintendo says they sold roughly 906,000 Nintendo Switch units and 925,000 copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That’s a pretty incredible considering they sold more copies of the game itself than systems.
That said, Breath of the Wild is the fastest selling Nintendo launch game of all time. Nintendo believes that the most ardent collectors double-dipped on Breath of the Wild, buying one game to play and one game for their collections.
Even though sales have been off to a fast start, Nintendo hasn’t been able to keep up with demand for the console. Nintendo says they are working to make sure everyone who wants a Switch is able to buy one and that more shipments of consoles are on the way.
Hopefully so, there are some big Nintendo exclusives due out shortly. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is launching on April 28th, while ARMS and Splatoon 2 are headed to the console this summer.