The Nintendo Switch has given the company its best hardware launch ever. This news comes by way of New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, who tweeted out the information Monday following an interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.
2. Fri-Sat sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo history. Next biggest was Wii.
— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
As Wingfield notes, the Switch’s first 2-day sales in North America bested that of the Wii’s in November 2006, which went onto become Nintendo’s best-selling console. Exact figures are unknown, but Fils-Aime also claims that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now the company’s best-selling launch game, besting Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 and even Wii Sports, which was bundled with every Wii console sold.
Nintendo has also announced that the Switch was able to replicate this success in Europen territories, noting in a press release that the Switch has “sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history.” Nintendo notes that this success is particularly interesting, given that gaming hardware is not typically released so early in the year, stating that March is “traditionally a quiet time for the games industry.”
The Switch also found success in Japan, selling 313,000 units in its first 48 hours, narrowly beating out the Wii U’s 308,000 back in 2012. VentureBeat notes that the decline in the Japanese home console market in recent years is largely to blame for the more sluggish sales pace, as even the PS4 only managed to sell 322,000 units in its first 48 hours in that territory.
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