When the Nintendo Switch was first revealed, there were many naysayers to the direction of the console. No company had truly tried a hybrid console before, and after the disaster of the Wii-U, many people were feeling unsure of the Nintendo Switch’s direction. However, as it has been revealed this week, Nintendo has struck gold with their hybrid console idea. Blending console gaming with a seamless handheld on the go experience, the Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console this generation.
As per the NPD group the Nintendo Switch has sold a massive 8.7 million units in the United States since its launch back in March 2017. This puts the Switch ahead of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at the same point in their life cycles. A strong launch lineup hugely contributed to Nintendo’s success, launching with Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild and bringing some big Wii-U titles such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe across. With Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild selling 4 million units and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe moving 5 million units, it’s easy to see why the Nintendo Switch has been so dominating in the sales charts. This success will only continue to grow as Super Smash Bros Ultimate has already sold 3 million units in the United States alone in only 11 days on the market. Nintendo has been putting up huge numbers in all departments especially in the U.S, thanks to Business Wire here are some quick data facts about the Nintendo Switch.
- Nintendo hardware unit and dollar sales for 2018 are at their highest annual totals since 2011.
- Nintendo eShop sales have grown 105 percent over 2017.
- Evergreen Nintendo Switch games have set new milestones, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling over 4 million and 5 million units, respectively. Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 4.7 million units.
- In addition to the fast-selling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, other recently released games that continue to make a splash include Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which together total 2 million units and Super Mario Party at 1.4 million.
The sky is clearly the limit for the Nintendo Switch, after the failures of the Wii-U it is great to see Nintendo find such huge success. What do you think of the Nintendo Switches success? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to check back for the latest gaming news and information.