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Nintendo Switch sales: Best launch weekend in Nintendo’s history

The Nintendo Switch has gotten off to an impressive start in an important battleground.

It hasn’t even been a week since the console launched, but we already have a rough idea of how the console’s launch weekend went comparative to other Nintendo hardware launches, and the figures are encouraging.

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Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, has said (via The New York Times’ Nick Wingfield) that Switch had the best two-day opening for a console in Nintendo’s history.

That’s impressive, because Nintendo has had its fair-share of record-breaking console launches.


Such a success means Switch outsold the Wii during the same window, a console that went on to become one of the most successful ever.

Figures in Japan are similarly impressive: Bloomberg’s Yuji Nakamura says 313,000 Switch units were sold in the first week. Wii U managed 308,000, Wii 371,000, while the current generation leader in the PS4 managed 322,000 (albeit outside of the traditional Japan holiday season).


As for software, The Legend Of Zelda: Breadth Of The Wild is now the top-selling standalone launch title in Nintendo history, besting Super Mario 64. That doesn’t include Wii Sports, which was bundled in with the Wii.

As IBTimes notes, the figures are all the more impressive by the fact Switch missed the North American holiday season.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see how the console goes for the rest of the year and leading into 2018.

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