According to GamesIndustry.biz's report on SuperData's estimates, the Nintendo Switch's launch is already hugely successful. It's sold approximately 1.5 million units worldwide, most of which was during its initial launch week. The report split up that total by region:
- North America: 500,000
- Japan: 360,000
- UK: 85,000
- France: 110,000
The total EU sum was quoted as "not far behind" Japan's total.
To put that in context: the Wii U launched at 400,000 in its North American debut -- a stronger launch than its nominal rivals in the XBox 360 and Playstation 3, but far short of the 600,000 mark set by the original Wii. Furthermore, those numbers were set at the height of the holiday sales period, with a US release on November 18, 2012.
The Switch's March 3rd release did have a few things going for it -- a lack of rivals to compete against, nobody else announcing anything major, and so forth. But it's nonetheless unusual for a product released in the spring to put up numbers normally associated with the holiday rush.
The lack of a large lineup of launch day titles didn't seem to hurt it either. Just the one will do, in fact. Over 89%, or 1.34 million, Switch owners grabbed specifically the Switch version of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild alongside the console, meaning its massive critical hype's been met with equally massive fiscal success.
Nintendo aims to sell 2 million Switch consoles by the end of March -- which may be a bit of a task, given the current supply shortage facing storefronts. It could, of course, be possible that those numbers have already been met. Clarified gamesindustry.biz:
Nintendo's financial reports count 'sell in' to retailers (and SuperData's estimates are sell-through), so it's possible Nintendo has already hit its target for the quarter.
Which means those $400+ listings on eBay really are kind of ruining it for everybody else.
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