Nintendo Switch sales are off to a roaring start

Ken Copeland
April 19, 2017

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.

There's been an electric feeling in the air since Nintendo's launch of the Switch on March 3.

The analysts wrote in a April report this week: "Although the Nintendo Switch can be used as a handheld device, we think smaller children could struggle to use it comfortably in that format due to its size and weight". Making the console as the fastest selling video game system in Nintendo's history. The Switch is still selling faster than they can replenish stock, though, so it could also be that some players bought the game and are waiting for a console to play it on. The news of sales number is revealing how well not only the Switch is doing but also Zelda. The game sold an overall 1.3 million copies during March, including roughly 925,000 for Switch and 460,000 for Wii U, to become both the fastest selling Nintendo launch title and the fastest selling Legend of Zelda game.

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The figure, which SuperData notes comes after collaborating with Gfk and Media Create, means the Switch actually is having a shortage- it is clear Nintendo did produce more units than they intended to, but they still sold out, which may be contributing to its perennial shortages. The Nintendo Switch is sold out at nearly every store, with Ebay having the only inventory. During the maintenance, you won't be able to access online play or any of the online features such as rankings.

Nintendo has a hit on their hands even though Zelda is the only worthwhile game to buy right now. It is small but solid and comes with JoyCon controllers that can pack in quite a few tricks and punches. "Looking ahead, we are excited to share more about our plans for Xbox One, including launching the world's most powerful console - Project Scorpio - alongside an wonderful lineup of new Xbox One games", they said in a note.

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