NoA PR - Nintendo Switch Becomes the Fastest-Selling Home Video Game System of All Time in the U.S.

Acclaimed Mario and Legend of Zelda Titles Lead Strong Game Lineup, Fuel Continued Momentum

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling home video game system in U.S. history. The home console that players can take wherever they go launched March 3, 2017, and in 10 months has sold more than 4.8 million units in the United States, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures. That’s the highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in U.S. history, surpassing Nintendo’s own Wii system, which was the previous record holder with more than 4 million units sold during the same timeframe.

“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”

A strong library of games continues to fuel momentum for Nintendo Switch. In the U.S., more than 60 percent of Nintendo Switch owners have Super Mario Odyssey, and over 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not only are these games system-sellers, but they’re also two of the highest-rated games in history. Nintendo Switch owners also possess the fun, competitive games Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 at rates of more than 50 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

More than 300 games created by third-party developers have already launched for Nintendo Switch. These include big-name brands like FIFA 18 from Electronic Arts, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Just Dance 2018 from Ubisoft, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition from Mojang, L.A. Noire from Rockstar Games, NBA 2K18 from 2K Games, Sonic Mania from SEGA, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Capcom, Rocket League from Psyonix and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and DOOM from Bethesda. Nintendo Switch has also received strong support from indie developers, with a steady stream of favorites like SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form, Golf Story from Sidebar Games, Overcooked Special Edition from Team17 Digital Ltd and Stardew Valley from Chucklefish LTD.

This year, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to Nintendo-published games like Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and a new game starring Yoshi. Fans can also expect continued support from major publishers such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, SEGA, Take 2 and Bethesda, plus a growing catalog of quality content from indie developers.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/.


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Go Nintendo!

You said the thing!

I wonder what Activision has up there sleeve for Switch owners this year as they have nothing currently announced. COD possibly? Also 2K has nothing currently announced for 2018 yet either. GTAV port imminent? Nintendo Direct HURRY!

Thu Jan 04 18 08:50am
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This is incredible. I knew the Switch was having a good year, turns out it was the best year for any home console ever! When looking at the spectacular lineup the Switch has had for 2017, it all makes sense. Let's hope that 2018 is just as good.

So that's Japan and the US. I wonder how it's performing in the UK compared to some of the other most popular systems of all time there. . . .

Europe in general is a very split market. UK is Playstationland, so I am guessing it's not a recird bresker over there. France seems to be the biggest fans of the Switch. Here in Scandinavia the Switch is pretty popular, but it's still mostly Sony/MS teeritory. But I do think the Switch is doing very well in Norway at least.

These are just North America numbers. The Japanese numbers were not mentioned.

Yes but we already found out last week switch is selling faster than the ps2 there, which was the previous record holder.

Go Nintendo! You worked hard for this and made a great system. Keep it up this year (I still almost say next year). Now that January Direct.....

Go Nintendo!

You said the thing!

I knooooow :D How about them apples, eh?

Thu Jan 04 18 10:55am
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Well I'll be....


You had one sooner than F-Zero you greedy walnut!

No but seriously a style like Shake It! with traditional mechanics of the series would be awesome.

I never played Shake it and I wish I could though....

But really though, Wario is almost as dormant as the other IPs out there if you ask me.

You can kind of argue that, but with Wario appearing in many places among other games it's hard to.

I mean, compared to Wave Race, 1080° and Custom Robo, Wario has a pretty lavish dormancy.

I'm going to regret saying this, but I'm in the early stages of making a spiritual successor. I just got tired of waiting so imma do one myself.

Coming 2022.

Now they just have to announce Metroid Prime 5.

Y'know, to keep the franchise from dying... Again.

That reminds me....how much did Samus Returns sell in the end? The one on the 3DS I mean?

They are awfully quite when it comes to sales from IPs like Metroid...

That is because unlike what many people would want you to believe, Metroid has sadly never been a blockbuster in terms of sales.
According to Wikipedia, only 4 games in the entire series have surpassed a million in sales.

Nintendo certainly deserves a victory lap for such a great comeback. Now don’t drop the ball!

I myself don't have a Switch yet and won't have one till the Next Official Mario Kart game with 16 NEW Nitro and Retro Tracks for it is announced to be coming to it. How nice it is to have a new game of the Most Popular Mario Spinoff on each and every Nintendo System that continues to amaze us.

The Switch would look better if it had a way to meet gamers from around the world like the Wii U had. Terrible decision it was to ditch Miiverse. Sure sometime this year we are due to lose Online Functions on the 3DS and Wii U, but unlike Miiverse that's no real biggie is the Switch still has that.


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