Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

Nintendo Switch outsells PS4, Xbox One in USA in March


That's right, within a month of being on sale, the Nintendo Switch sold almost 1 million units in the United States alone.

Nintendo says the Switch is its fastest-selling console in history - besting the Wii and the Super Nintendo, among others. That's a pretty good situation for Nintendo to be in as they hang their hopes on making the Switch the success that the Wii U failed to be. Analysts predict the Switch has not only met Nintendo's original target, but exceeded it by 300,000 units. Interestingly, the console's biggest launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, somehow managed to outsell the main console itself with over 925,000 units sold just for the Switch version. Nintendo attributes this seemingly illogical sales ratio to "people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play". Given the Switch's trailblazing form and function, it shouldn't be too surprising that it's now officially the fastest selling game system of all time.

Nintendo also revealed that they sold even more copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild during the month.

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Even Super Mario 64-one of only two games that launched with the Nintendo 64 in the United States in 1996-didn't outsell its own console hardware in its debut (The best numbers we could find suggest 300,000 Super Mario 64 cartridges sold for 350,000 Nintendo 64 consoles in the system's opening weekend). When it launched in late 2006, Nintendo reported that it had shipped 3.19 million units for the quarter ending December 31. One might even call them collectors, if you will.

The Zelda franchise is "a system seller", a game so appealing that users will buy the hardware in order to play it, said Serkan Toto, a Tokyo-based game industry analyst. That problem will only be exacerbated when games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, and Splatoon 2 debut in the coming months.

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