United States: Nintendo Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild off to a great start, better than the Wii

Yesterday, we got the very first sales data for the Nintendo Switch: it was for the United Kingdom, where the console sold about 80 000 units at launch. And earlier today, we found out that it sold about 330 000 units at launch in Japan, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild selling about 193 000 units.

What about the United States, you ask? Yesterday, Nick Wingfield from the New York Time shared some tidbits from an interview with Reggie Fils-Aimé, revealing some pretty juicy details about the Nintendo Switch launch in the United States. Unfortunately, not a single concrete number was shared…

We learn that Nintendo’s console is off to a great start in the United States: sales during the first 2 days beat any other Nintendo system in history, including the Wii. Not bad for a console launched in March, instead of the usual November (just before the holiday period).

As for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it also sold pretty well… and that’s quite the understatement: it was the best-selling stand-alone launch title in Nintendo’s history, beating Super Mario 64.

Hopefully, Nintendo will share some concrete data for the United States soon (maybe in the full interview to be published later on the New York Time). At the very least, we should get something along with the latest fiancial results, in late April / early May.

Those early “numbers” for the Nintendo Switch are pretty good (to say the least), but it’s a bit too early to celebrate: launch sales rarely determine the fate of a platform, though obviously, it’s better to start off strong!

Source: Nick Wingfield



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