Numbers came out earlier today indicating some early estimates of how many people brought a shiny new Nintendo Switch home this week. As the title of the post indicates initial sales are looking extremely strong. One and a half million units have reportedly been sold around the world and nearly the same amount of copies of Zelda went along with the console.
Nintendo claims it is the fastest selling system they have released to date. According to Wikipedia PlayStation 4 is the best selling console at launch of all time though:
‘Demand for PlayStation 4 was strong. In August 2013, Sony announced the placement of over a million preorders for the console, while on the North American launch alone, one million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold. In the UK, the PlayStation 4 became the best-selling console at launch, with the sale of 250,000 consoles within a 48-hour period and 530,000 in the first five weeks.’
We’ll see if that title holds when official numbers are compared side to side. XBox One seems to have had a very similar release trajectory:
‘On November 22, 2013, Microsoft confirmed that it had sold one million Xbox One consoles within its first 24 hours of being available. Based on approximately 102,000 shopping receipts tracked by InfoScout, 1,500 of which included a purchase of either a video game or a video game console, the Xbox One was the highest-selling console during the Black Friday sales period in the United States. On December 11, 2013, Microsoft announced that it had sold approximately 2 million units in its first 18 days on sale.’
So it is still too early to lay claim to any records, but it is definitely good news to see that Nintendo fan and early adapters world wide are snatching up the Nintendo Switch at similar rates to its competition. The real test will come over the following few months until the holidays to see if the momentum continues and after the holidays we will see if the system has long term staying power.
Check out what some fellow Nintendo Fans had to say about this news:
For comparison’s sake, the Wii U sold something like 2 / 2.5 million in the first 6 weeks. I could see Nintendo having 3 Mil sales by then.
The Wii U’s first year was no where CLOSE to as good as the first year of 1st party titles they have lined up with the Switch:
Breath of the Wild (One of the greatest games of the decade)
Splatoon 2 (The first game was the high point and biggest surprise of the Wii U imo. It’s sequel is out this summer. That’s huge)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Another high point of the Wii U; it’s best form and gets to be taken on-the-go)
Xenoblade 2 (The first two games were awesome and high points of each respective system; Wii and Wii U)
Super Mario Odyssey (Open-world 3D Mario game? It will be a holiday seller)
And then if they have a great E3 showing, and keep building that 3rd party. And maybe ARMS surprises people as well.
That’s a great first year for 1st party and destroys what type of shit was available 1st party for the Wii U.
Probably would have been more if they actually had more units available in stores.
I have had mine since launch day and I have to say I’ve been very happy with it. I mostly game on my PC and 3DS so the switch is a natural fit. Maybe not for people who exclusively game on consoles. If my mother is any indication of it’s appeal to casual gamers, I showed her my switch over the weekend and she was really interested in it. She hadn’t heard about it but was having a blast with snipper clipps and was talking about buying one for herself and grand kids.
The sales numbers will be hard to quantify until at least the end of the year. It launched in March instead of the traditional holiday release. I think that was smart. They get the system out there, have plenty of time to produce stock for the 2017 holiday season and have an E3 where they can really show off the potential for the system. I think the plan is to build momentum going into the end of the year rather than necessarily front loading all the sales here in march.