While reviews for the hardware itself have been rather mediocre, the Nintendo Switch has reportedly had a strong start to its life, selling around 1.5 million units in its first week.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, SuperData used figures provided by Famitsu and GfK to come to first week sales totals for the main console regions. These estimates are for sell-through of consoles to customers, rather than just the units that were shipped to retailers.
500,000 Switch consoles were sold in the US, while 360,000 were sold in Japan. Europe’s stats were not far behind as in the UK 85,000 units were sold, and France had a little more than that with 110,000. While the Switch has only been on the market for about two weeks now, these numbers have likely risen within that time.
Nintendo announced last week that sales in Europe, Japan, and the Americas during the first 48 hours of the console’s launch were among the best ever for the company.
Unsurprisingly, it appears that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently the driving force behind the success of the Switch. SuperData explains that 89 percent of those who bought a Switch have also bought the newest entry in the Zelda franchise, putting sales of the Switch version of the game in the region of 1.34 million.
According to Tatsumi Kimishima, the company hopes to ship 2 million consoles to retailers by March 31st. If the sales of the Switch stay on such a blistering pace, then Nintendo will easily reach, and possibly even surpass, that goal.
What do you think of the Nintendo Switch? Are you planning on picking one up? Do you already have it along with Breath of the Wild? Let us know in the comments.
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