Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch console back in the October of 2016 and it garnered much hype with fans intrigued and excited about the prospects of a console that can be played both at home and outside with its dock-undock design.
It was later launched worldwide on 3rd March 2017 and it sold like hot cakes, literally. In just the first week, the Nintendo Switch sold 1.5 million units worldwide. This shows the great popularity and success of the new Nintendo home console.
Nintendo even said that this was their bestselling home console of all time, surpassing the like of the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). According to SuperData and GfK data, the console sold 500,000 units in the United States and 360,000 units in Japan.
Nintendo Switch Sales in Europe
In the European market, the Nintendo Switch sold 85,000 units in the United Kingdom whereas it sold a little over 110,000 units in France. The actual division by market is still to be confirmed by Nintendo but they agree that the Switch has been very successful throughout the world.
It appears that the game “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is currently the major factor that largely contributed to the success of the Nintendo Switch. According to SuperData, 89% of people who have bought the Nintendo Switch have also bought the latest Zelda game, causing the sales of the Switch version of the game to hover in the region of 1.34 million units.
This isn’t surprising as the game was one of the key features in the Nintendo Switch trailer and a lot of fans had been expecting a new Zelda game to come out not to mention it has had a perfect 10/10 score from many reviewers.
To keep up with growing demand, Nintendo has already announced their plan to double production so that it can ship 2 million more units to retailers worldwide by the end of March 2017.