Nintendo Switch Becomes Fastest-Selling Video Gaming Console Ever in US
Nintendo said the Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling home video game system of all time in the United States by selling more than 4.8 million units in 2017.
The system launched on March 3, 2017, so those sales numbers only encompass 10 months. The Wii system, which also sold for 10 months in a year after launch, sold more than 4 million.
In their announcement, Nintendo credits strong game sales as the drive for the console sales in the U.S. According to their internal numbers, more than 60 percent of Nintendo Switch owners have “Super Mario Odyssey,” more than 55 percent own “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” and more than 50 percent own “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.”
“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”
For the upcoming year, Nintendo is expected to publish “Kirby Star Allies,” “Bayonetta,” “Bayonetta 2,” and a new Yoshi game. The company said major publishers, like EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, Take 2, and Bethesda, as well as indie publishers could be launching games for the Switch in 2018.