Nintendo Switch: The Fastest Selling Console For Nintendo

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Sales of "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" on the Switch topped 925,000, actually outstripping sales for the new console. To put this into perspective, the the Xbox One sold 2 million units in 18 days whereas Sony sold 2.1 million units within 14 days. The other consoles also launched near a holiday time where spending $300 was easy to justify, instead of launching in March. But it's still too early to tell whether the Switch will be a blockbuster on the scale of the original Wii, which sold more than 100 million units.

NPD reported yesterday that the Switch had sold more than 906,000 units in North America for March.

To put those sales in context: Nintendo said the Wii U sold 13.56 million units worldwide between its November 2012 launch and December 2016; nearly 1 million Switch units have been sold in its first month of availability within the USA alone. The console is also sold out in parts of Europe and Japan. As for the game Breath of the Wild, it has scored nearly flawless reviews. Thus, the 2DS, which is one solid hunk of plastic that plays all 3DS games perfectly.

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Beyond the US, the Switch and the new Zelda game are hits worldwide. To make things a bit more interesting, Nintendo is throwing in a Super Mario Mash-up pack for the game. Because of this, Citigroup expects Nintendo will release a smaller-sized version of the Switch in 2019.

This is according to Citigroup, Inc., which says the Switch is ultimately too bulky for children to use easily (via Bloomberg). This could possibly be due to collectors purchasing two copies of the game so they can keep one sealed, customers buying the game while the console is out of stock, hoping to grab a console as soon as possible, or simply an error in the imprecise nature of the sales tracking.

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