United States: sales data for Nintendo Switch, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon: Let’s Go!, more

Today, Nintendo of America sent a press release to share some rather interesting sales data about the Nintendo Switch and its games in the Unites States.

The company is none too happy to announced that the Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling console of the current generation in the country, which is no small feat. To be more precise, between March 2017 and November 2018 (21 months), the console sold over 8.7 million units in the United States, which is more than all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.

Software-wise, the console is doing pretty well, and allowed Nintendo to become the overall top-selling publisher for 2018. Of course, there’s still a month left, but with how strong Nintendo consoles and games perform during the holiday season, it’s quite likely that Nintendo will still be #1 at the end of the year.

That’s especially true when you take into account Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, released on December 7th. In just 10 days, the game has already sold over 3 million units in the United States alone, according to Nintendo’s internal sales data (which includes digital sales). In Europe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has become the fastest-selling home console game from Nintendo.

And here’s sales data for other Nintendo Switch games:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – over 4 million units;
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – over 5 million units;
  • Super Mario Odyssey – over 4.7 million units;
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! – over 2 million units (combined). The Pokémon Company announced that it had sold over 3 million units worldwide a few weeks ago, which shows the game kept enjoying strong sales since then;
  • Super Mario Party – over 1.4 million units.

Thanks to the Nintendo Switch, sales are particularly strong for Nintendo: so far in 2018, Hardware sales by units and dollar are at their highest since 2011. As for Nintendo eShop sales, they have grown 105% over 2017.

Source: Nintendo PR / Nintendo (Twitter)


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