Switch is now the fastest-selling system in Nintendo's history

Posted April 23, 2017

Both the Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild broke internal sales records during their release month this past March. These individuals could have factored into the game's over-100% attach rate with the Switch.

This has created the odd situation where there have been more copies of that game sold than there are consoles to play it on.

It is possible that the bulk of the Switch games will be created for the Nintendo Switch, with games specifically made for the console. Originally released on the PC, Minecraft is now also available on other gaming consoles. Demand is so high that Nintendo says it can't ship enough devices to meet it.

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For comparison to Breath of the Wild, Nintendo said back in 2006 that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which launched alongside the Wii, sold 454,000 copies in its first week. Per SuperData's projections, Switch will shift over 7.2 million consoles in 2017, putting it over halfway toward the Wii U's total install base that took four-plus years to accumulate. The Switch is still selling faster than they can replenish stock, though, so it could also be that some players bought the game and are waiting for a console to play it on.

Before the Switch launched, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima affirmed the company expects to sell at least 2 million consoles across the globe in March alone. Nintendo explained that this could be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect, and a second version to play. With the NPD Group's March results nigh, the Nintendo Switch has become the Japanese giant's fastest selling console in the U.S., with 906,000 units sold in March.

The Wii U sold roughly 400,000 in its first week and close to 890,000 units in its first six weeks, even though its 2012 launch landed in the more holiday-friendly month of November.

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