Nintendo Switch Becomes Fastest-Selling System In Nintendo History

It's also predicted Nintendo will have sold 25.7 million Switch units by the time this smaller console launches - a fairly ambitious goal. Nintendo wouldn't say when it would keep pace with demand and only said that it will "continually" ship units to customers.

After what seems like a successful launch of the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild receiving ideal scores from many outlets, Nintendo has finally revealed their sales numbers on both products, and they look good. Zelda fans purchased more than 925,000 copies of the game on the Switch, as well as almost 460,000 copies for the Wii U. With total sales of 1.3 million, Breath of the Wild is the "fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series".

What's more impressive is that Nintendo pulled this fantastic launch during a "nontraditional month", as new consoles are usually released in the months leading up to the holidays.

Sales of "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" on the Switch topped 925,000, actually outstripping sales for the new console.

The Nintendo Switch is also doing well in other markets as well.

While "Breath of the Wild" has sold more copies than the Nintendo Switch, it does not mean that the console did not sell well. Previous pack-in games like Super Mario World on the SNES, Tetris on the Game Boy, and Wii Sports on the Wii by definition only sold to 100 percent of console owners during those systems' crucial launch periods. Nintendo attributes this seemingly illogical sales ratio to "people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play".

Tying the Zelda release to the Switch launch was an unusual but ultimately lucrative move.

Nintendo has a hit on their hands even though Zelda is the only worthwhile game to buy right now.

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