Nintendo’s newest entry into the console market arrived last weekend, and we’re now starting to get a picture of just how well the system’s launch went.
Whilst there’s no exact figures for the Americas yet, Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, told the New York Times that launch weekend sales of the Switch surpassed not only that of the Wii U, but also of the prolific Wii, making it Nintendo’s best performing console at launch ever in the region.
On top of that, the Switch also sold like warm baked goods in Japan, shifting 313,700 units in one weekend according to Famitsu magazine. Whilst that didn’t break any records like it did in the Americas, it’s still roughly on par with the PS4’s performance in the region, and a big success in a market that is increasingly focused on mobile gaming. The Switch’s portability clearly helped strike a chord!
Elsewhere, the Switch sold twice as many units in it’s opening weekend in the UK as the Wii U, selling roughly 80,000 units compared to it’s predecessor’s 40,000 back in 2013. It could have even been higher, with many retailers reporting that they were completely sold out. Both Nintendo Australia and Nintendo of Europe also echoed Reggie’s assessment, hailing the Switch’s launch as the most successful one ever for the company in their respective regions.
These figures and stories are all very impressive, especially considering the console’s March launch as opposed to the traditional holiday release that drives sales. Nintendo will be hoping that they can continue this momentum throughout the year, and with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Splatoon Two (which still should have been called Spla2n if you ask me), and Super Mario Odyssey peppered throughout the year, as well as the ever increasing library of third party and indie games announced for the system, they have a real shot at continued success for the Switch.