Nintendo Sells 1.5 Million Switch Consoles Worldwide In First Week

Analysis firm Supercell has revealed the Nintendo Switch has sold 1.5 million units worldwide in its first week. This data comes off of information collected from Famitsu and GfK beginning March 3rd. The US saw 500,000 units sold, more than any other region, while Japan was close behind with 360,000 units. Over in the UK, numbers for the collective region weren’t available, but 85,000 units were sold in the UK and 110,000 units in France.

The sales on Zelda: Breath of the Wild, easily the Switch’s critical darling at launch, were nearly proportional to that of the console. Without factoring the Wii U version, Breath of the Wild is said to have sold 1.34 million units, an 89% attach rate. This figure reinforces claims from NoA’s Reggie Fils-Aime that Zelda’s is the best-selling game of any Nintendo launch.

Nintendo made the promise to ship 2 million Switch units worldwide in the 2017 Fiscal Year. Though these figures represent Nintendo’s sell-through to retailers, 1.5 million represents 75% of that 2 million sales aspiration. It would also mean Nintendo is close to meeting their financial goal for the fiscal year, something the early days of both 3DS and Wii U could not accomplish. The company’s next challenge is maintaining that launch momentum, as their next first party release, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, launches on April 28th.

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