Nintendo Claim Switch is Fastest-Selling Console in US History

Nintendo Claim Switch is Fastest-Selling Console in US History

The Nintendo Switch on display at a pop-up display room in Madison Square Park, New York, March 2017. Today Nintendo announced that the Switch is the fastest-selling home video game console in United States history, soundly thrashing the previous record held by Nintendo's own Wii console.

The console has officially beaten out the original Wii's sales numbers from when it launched in the U.S. as well, leading to a ridiculously successful launch and what will remain a bustling part of the console's life cycle. In the 1 months since the Switch launched it has sold 4.8 million units in the U.S., surpassing the original Wii system which sold more than 4 million in the same timeframe.

At the beginning of 2017, Nintendo was in a precarious position.

Meanwhile, Sony is yet to release North American holiday sales figures for the PlayStation 4, which sold 14.4 million units worldwide over its first year of availability. Its first "Super Mario" game for smartphones failed to reach sales expectations, with too few players paying the $9.99 to unlock the full game.

The Nintendo Switch made lots of people happy. You can be playing a game in the auto on the way home, then continue playing on the TV once you get home.

Strong launch titles have helped drive the popularity of the Switch, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which over 55% of Switch owners have bought. However, a reported delay in the manufacture of high-capacity Switch cartridges could restrict the flow of new games in 2018.

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