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NoA PR - Nintendo Switch Becomes the Fastest-Selling Video Game System in Nintendo History

More Than 906,000 U.S. Units Sold in March; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Also Sets Records

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo Switch, the new home gaming system that people can also take on the go, has sold faster in its launch month than any other video game system in Nintendo history. The Nintendo Switch system sold more than 906,000 units in March, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. That makes Nintendo Switch one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time. Notably, this sales surge was accomplished in a nontraditional month for a console launch.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game sold over 1.3 million units*. That total includes more than 925,000 units sold for Nintendo Switch and nearly 460,000 units sold for the Wii U console. That means that Nintendo sold more of this game for Nintendo Switch than it sold Nintendo Switch systems, for an attach rate of more than 100 percent. This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play.

This was all enough to make The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series.

“Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “With its various play modes and the innovative features of the Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch provides unique experiences that people can take with them anywhere and share with anyone.”

While Nintendo Switch sales are off to a record-breaking start, shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand. Nintendo is working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped. In just over two weeks, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 28 with more content than any other Mario Kart game in series history, including 48 racing tracks, new Battle modes, new characters and other additions. Competition on Nintendo Switch gets even hotter heading into summer, with the release of the ARMS game on June 16 and the Splatoon 2 game on July 21.

A full accounting of worldwide Nintendo Switch sales, as well as other financial information, will be provided on April 27, when Nintendo issues its fiscal-year earnings release. For more information, keep an eye on Nintendo’s investor relations page at https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en.

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.


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zsaberlink
Thu Apr 13 17 10:14pm
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Just for some context, the Switch in its first month (906K - March 2017) managed to outsell the Wii U's entire holiday sales (425K - Nov 2012, 460K - Dec 2012) in a single non-holiday month in the US. It also managed to easily double the 3DS's 1st month of sales in the US (398K - end of March 2011).

Thu Apr 13 17 09:01pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

Pretty great so far but Nintendo is gonna have to keep the momentum up and have a stellar E3 this year if they want to keep selling systems and breaking records. They've got major releases every month (well except May) but I still can't help but feel they're still too far spaced out (due to lack of AAA 3rd party support to feel the gaps and they keep releasing their titles late in the month).

We'll see I love my Nintendo Switch but Nintendo needs to get on the ball on courting 3rd parties, getting Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Video/Youtube, and Virtual Console to the system ASAP. If we get little to none of this info at E3 then...Idk...

May is Minecraft. It may not be first party but it is still a super popular game. I always overhear kids talking about Minecraft at work, and wanting to know where the merchandise is.

Also after 6 months of monthly releases we will have a big enough library that having them once a month won't feel too spaced out. I've gone months with my PS4 where there just felt like there was nothing worth getting. But it didn't matter because it had a solid back library to pick from. That's what the Wii U lacked. With solid releases only happening every 3 months at best.

May seems to be 3rd party month.

Minecraft, Disgaea 5, Rime are all three big releases. I wouldn't weight all three equal. But I could see Nintendo viewing that as a strong month right there. Plus we'll get a bit more sprinkled in.

backup368
Thu Apr 13 17 09:05pm
Rating: 1

That is very surprising that a game sold more than the console itself. Perhaps there are some people who bought Zelda, but want to wait until later to get the Switch to play it with, but I never heard such instance of it.

As a gamestop employee I get so many customers who purchase accessories and games before they even have the console. They just want to be prepared for when they do get it.

It's also out on Wii U!

The Wii U total was kept separate actually.

The Switch version still sold more than the Switch.

People must have really wanted to lick the cartridges.

That's what I ended up doing. I'm waiting to get my Switch but refused to let the Zelda Special Edition pass me by.

That means that Nintendo sold more of this game for Nintendo Switch than it sold Nintendo Switch systems, for an attach rate of more than 100 percent.

!!!

That was definitely my favorite part of this.

Scalpers and collectors, along with people who bought the game before getting the system were out in full force I guess.

It was obvious over a year before they announced it that the smart move was for Nintendo to delay the Wii U version and release Zelda at launch for the Switch, but I never imagined it would work out that well, lol.

I for one bought the game, then double dipped when Amazon restocked the Special Edition in my area via Prime Now.

My little brother bought the game first. Not sure if he got the console before April or not though.

zsaberlink
Thu Apr 13 17 10:14pm
Rating: 9 (Updated 1 time)

Just for some context, the Switch in its first month (906K - March 2017) managed to outsell the Wii U's entire holiday sales (425K - Nov 2012, 460K - Dec 2012) in a single non-holiday month in the US. It also managed to easily double the 3DS's 1st month of sales in the US (398K - end of March 2011).

Wow, that is CRAZY!

Any quick predictions on what you think the Switch will sell over the rest of the year, particularly Nov and Dec?

We will have to wait and see what MS (specially) and Sony have to offer. Remember a PS4 can be pretty cheap now. And of course games. I don't think Mario Oddessy alone will outsell everything, but I ams ure there will be more. If Nintendo gets a MH game for the Switch this year.....

We will have to wait and see what MS (specially) and Sony have to offer. Remember a PS4 can be pretty cheap now. And of course games. I don't think Mario Oddessy alone will outsell everything, but I ams ure there will be more. If Nintendo gets a MH game for the Switch this year..... But yeah... Crazy Smile

Well done, Ninty.

My prediction is this:

Super Mario Oddysey- 10 million copies by the end of the holiday season.

For some reason I can't even see Nintendo having 10 million copies of the game available during the holiday season.

Remember that now, digital downloads count as well.

kuro
Thu Apr 13 17 10:49pm
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Yes! Greatly deserved. Hope it keeps going with MK 8 Deluxe

This is excellent! Keep it up, Nintendo!

I saw about eight Switches at Walmart yesterday, so shipments must be picking up steam. It's the first time I've seen them in the wild.

That's neat if true. But I still wouldn't expect it to sell Wii type numbers. That was a unique case.

blade_master
Thu Apr 13 17 11:27pm
Rating: 1

I think selling PS4 type numbers should be the goal...or at least the lower end of the goal.

Well now. That's good to hear that the Switch is doing good so far. Let's see if the system can keep up the momentum.

Fantastic start. Hopefully the library can expand quickly enough to keep the momentum up!

Now let's just hope that its Year 1/2 isn't going to be mainly made of ports of old/current games and "Remastered Editions" like the PS4!

Oh, wait...

To be honest, I'm not entirely bothered by ports to Switch, given that it's basically like having a portable version of these games.

Though, they should either include previously released DLC (if applicable) or the same price as the other versions of the game (i.e. if a game was discounted to $30 on PS4/XBO, then they'd be stupid to expect $60 for it on Switch).

lokamp
Fri Apr 14 17 08:00am
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Different strokes different folks, I suppose. For my buck, however, I'd expect some more dazzling new shiny things at Nintendo's if the company is expecting from potential customers such as myself to be willing to pay up both the system and its Online Tax in the future with enhanced ports and sequels alone...

Considering that the "online tax" for Switch is significantly less (NA/EU prices not yet confirmed, but the JP price was less than $30) than PSN/XBL ($60/year), I'm not too bothered by it.

New games are always nice, sure. I don't mind enhanced ports of previous games, though. As long as the additions are worthwhile, the price is right, and it's a game I'm interested in (whether or not I've already played it).

rudyc3
Fri Apr 14 17 09:25am
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Which goes to explain why other parts of the world had so little stock. We in Europe barely got any units at launch. I had to wait a whole month to get one and Amazon France has got all their orders filled for the next two months. Of course, if The USA alone (not even the whole North American market, just the one country) got nearly half of the 2 million systems shipped worldwide for the month of March, then other markets would be starved. I bet the system would sell even better in Japan than it has if they put more units on store shelves there.

In latin america we are flooded with switch stock.... because is crazy expensive

translation - WE NEED THIRD PARTY SUPPORT NOW! We got literally NO US or even EU developers with a few japanese ones who do not want to properly commit to the console. The only thing we got is full priced games from yesteryear and we have already seen what this can do with the wiiu

may I remind you that both the wii and the wiiu sold roughly the same on their respective 3 month launch period. There are lies, damn lies and statistics!

I really don't see that ever improving. 3rd parties will do everything they can to sabotage their offerings on Nintendo platforms. Nintendo doesn't do them any favors by not money bagging games and being insistent on using old hardware.

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