After almost five months on the market, Nintendo has revealed some surprising hardware and software sales pertaining to its newest console handheld hybrid, I would go as far as saying these numbers are impressive. I applaud Nintendo for putting their sales out there and seeing the numbers have made me a proud Switch owner.
I had never really cared about Nintendo, I wouldn’t even go as far as saying I do now. I had owned a Gamecube near the end of its life cycle, sold it after a few months. I owned a Wii like everybody in the world, but hardly played it, it collects dust somewhere at my parents house. Late last year I bought a 3DS and traded it it a month later. Nintendo has never been able to keep my attention and keep me coming back to their console and play their games. Until now that is. The Switch has been the best gaming experience this year for me, hardware and software alike, which says a lot in such a home run year for gaming across the board.
Last week Nintendo announced that their newest console has sold 4.7 million units since its launch back in March. This is an impressive feat considering how much the tide was against them, especially after the colossus failure that was the Wii U which sold around 3 million units in the same time span and only 13.56 million units in its short lifetime. At the Switch’s rate now, I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold 10 million units by the end of the year and succeed the Wii U’s lifetime sales by the end of Q1 next year.
On top of the hardware success, the games are selling tremendously well. Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 3.92 million sales since launch. Next up is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 3.54 million sales. These two games have a mind boggling attach rate and are extremely impressive. Other notable first party titles were 1-2-Switch with 1.22 million and Arms with 1.18 million. These are impressive numbers for Nintendo and I’m sure Splatoon 2 will become a huge hit, it’s already sold nearly 700,000 copies just in Japan. Note, these software sales don’t count for third party titles, but still are close to eclipsing the Wii U’s 11 million software sales in the same time.
One of my biggest complaints about the Switch was the lack of games at launch and in the foreseeable future. As of right now though, I love my small library of first party games that have all exceeded expectations. There has been a fair amount of smaller non first party titles, but nothing that has caught fire. But I have had a consistent schedule of very solid releases throughout the first three months.
Also, the simple novelty of the handheld to television and the consistent quality of the games no matter how you play them has not worn off. There are so many ways to play and I love it. I’m all in on this system and can’t wait for what’s to come.
If Nintendo can continue releasing first party games at a steady rate and somehow get more quality third party support, the Switch will sell like hot cakes. They need to get these things back on store shelves though, especially for this holiday, which will surely be huge for them as their first holiday on the market and with the new Mario releasing.