The Nintendo Switch has been on sale for a little over a week now and since it’s official release on March 3rd, the Nintendo Switch has managed, to Nintendo’s surprise, hit and exceed all national forecasted sales figures.
It seems the Nintendo Switch’s high costs and low storage capacity has not put fans off of buying the highly anticipated console, surpassing the sales of Nintendo’s most profitable console (The Nintendo Wii) in the first 48 hours of its release in Europe and North America. Where, Nintendo Japan has sold over 300,000 units during the first three days of the console’s release, and Nintendo shares jumped up a staggering 1.2% 5 days post the Nintendo Switches release.
Nintendo Japan had sold over 300,000 units during the first three days of the console’s release, and Nintendo shares jumped up by a staggering 1.2%, 5 days post the Nintendo Switches release.
Nintendo UK has also witnessed its share of success, announcing that the Switch had sold more units within the first 7 days than the beloved Nintendo Wii.
The Nintendo Wii sold a total of 100 million units worldwide during its initial release in 2006, which is a hard number to beat, however, Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch’s sales are ‘close to records’, which to me, sounds like a rather ambiguous guess.
However, hopes to set a new sales record may be dashed due to the Nintendo Switch’s limited games line-up.
Currently, The Nintendo Switch has only one playable game available to purchase or download from its e-shop, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Although sales for the title are at an all-time high, it is clear to see why being the only title available to play on the console itself.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become the best selling Nintendo title in all of Europe to date, beating the overrated Wii Sports. However, Nintendo should expect upcoming stagnant sales if it chooses not to release new Switch titles anytime soon.
It’s safe to assume that, for now, the Switch will not be following in the footsteps of the pitiful Wii U, and may have the potential to set a new sales record for Nintendo. However, the lack of available games to purchase at hand may result in a falling number of sales a few weeks on from the console’s initial release.
I for one am rooting for Nintendo’s newest console and will be monitoring its sales figures until it does (or does not) beat those of the Nintendo Wii.