In the ten months since launch, the Nintendo Switch has quickly become an indispensable part of the gaming landscape. From seemingly constant media attention to ever-increasing sales figures and a stellar lineup of games being released regularly, the Switch overcame all doubts and has now become the all-time fastest-selling home video console in the United States, with over 4.8 million consoles sold.
Previously this honor was held by Nintendo’s supremely popular Wii console, which moved around 4 million systems over the same ten-month period. The success of the Switch should come as no surprise as Nintendo’s hybrid system has gained popularity around the world. It outpaced the PlayStation 2’s first-year sales in Japan, has sold over 55 thousand consoles in only three days after launching in South Korea and has already exceeded global sales expectations with a massive 10 million consoles sold worldwide.
Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima is also setting the bar high for Nintendo’s 2018 fiscal year, which begins in April, saying that the company has increased its expected console sales to exceed 20 million units globally. Nintendo cites the reception of both Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, among others, as motivating factors for Switch sales. In addition to being system sellers, these games are also two of the highest rated games of all time, with official reports indicating that more than 55 percent of Switch owners purchased Breath of the Wild since launch.
The coming year promises to be another phenomenal outing for Nintendo, with plenty of surprises in store. Not only has Nintendo expressed interest in finding new, innovative approaches to games utilizing the Joy-Con’s various built-in tech, but Nintendo of America President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, has said that the company “looks forward to bringing them (Switch owners) fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”
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