Switch Enjoys Strongest Nintendo Console Debut In The Americas

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Following closely on the news that the Switch’s UK launch went over well, the console also enjoyed the strongest Nintendo system debut in the Americas. In an interview with the New York Times’ reporter Nick Wingfield,  NoA CEO Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed the Switch sold more in its first two days than any other Nintendo platform in the region, exceeding that of the Wii in 2006. This success is important as the system launched in March rather than the holiday window.

As for software, Zelda: Breath of the Wild was solidified as the best-selling stand-alone game for a Nintendo launch ever, eclipsing the previous record held by Super Mario 64. This figure excludes bundled software, as in Wii Sports, which was sold with every Wii in the Americas at launch.

No exact figure was given for how many Switches were sold over the weekend. For comparison’s sake, the original Wii sold 600,000 units in its first eight days of sale. The Wii U meanwhile sold 400,000 units in its first week and, in the words of Reggie at the time, was “essentially sold out of retail”.

This would mean the Switch will have had to outsell the Wii’s over-half a million figure in two days time. lAlso note that the qualifier of “Americas” applies to regions other than North America, as Canada and Central America are in consideration.

Over in the UK, the Switch sold 800,000 units in its first three days. In the Japanese market, the Switch moved 313,000 units since launch, barely more than the Wii U but less than the 2014 launch of the PlayStation 4.

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