Nintendo Switch Is Nintendo's Fastest-Selling Console Ever In The Americas, Europe, and Australia
It's even outperforming the Wii.
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[UPDATE 3] Nintendo Australia today stated in a press release that the Nintendo Switch also broke sales records in Australia and New Zealand, confirming that "Across Australia and New Zealand combined, Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history."
Nintendo Australia also confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had the strongest launch weekend sales in Australia and New Zealand of any title in the Zelda series, and stated that Breath of the Wild "even [outsold] Wii Sports - previously the biggest-selling Nintendo launch title ever in this region - in terms of first weekend sales."
[UPDATE 2] In France, the Switch sold 105,000 units at launch, outpacing the Wii, according to LeFigaro.
[UPDATE] The Nintendo Switch also did well in Europe over its launch weekend. According to MCV, the console sold "more units in its launch weekend than any other piece of Nintendo hardware in the company's history." Like in the Americas, Breath of the Wild is now the best-selling Nintendo launch title in Europe ever for Nintendo. It even outsold Wii Sports, MCV said.
The original story is below.
The Nintendo Switch is off to a hot start, it seems. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told The New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield this week that initial sales (for March 3 and 4) in the Americas exceeded the first two-day sales in the region for any system in the company's history.
The next closest was the Wii, which ended up being a massive hit, selling more than 100 million systems worldwide to date.
Fils-Aime added that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best-selling standalone launch title for a Nintendo platform ever. He did not share a specific unit sales number, though it outperformed Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64.
Nintendo has made a big effort to push the Switch, as it aired a commercial for the console during this year's Super Bowl and even recruited John Cena to promote it.
Below are the tweets from Wingfield, the NYT reporter. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest on how the Switch is performing.
1. Update on Nintendo Switch sales I'll break into a multi-tweet. This from an intvw with Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of Amer. Pres— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
2. Fri-Sat sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo history. Next biggest was Wii.— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
3. This is particularly notable given that Switch launched in March, rather than holidays— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
4. Zelda for Nintendo Switch the best selling standalone launch title (i.e. not a bundled game a la Wii Sports) in Nintendo history...— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
5. ...beating Super Mario for N64— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
6. Long term comparisons to Wii, which sold more than 100 m LTD, are tough. But good start for Switch, with big games coming.— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
According to Famitsu, as translated by Kotaku, the Switch sold 330,637 units in its first three days on sale in Japan. Breath of the Wild shifted 190,060 physical copies over the same period, the report said.
This story has been updated and corrected.