Nintendo shares jump after Switch console sets USA sales records
Even though sales have been off to a fast start, Nintendo hasn't been able to keep up with demand for the console.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind surely helped sell some system, and Nintendo confirmed that it sold 1.3 million million copies of that game. The latest Nintendo platform has managed to ship more than 500,000 unites in the NA territories, bringing the overall global sales at 906,000 in just one month since its official release on March 3. The Wii U's best-selling Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, sold roughly 2.11 million copies between September 2013 and December 2016. According to the NPD Group, Breath of the Wild sold over 925,000 units for the Nintendo Switch - that's more copies of the game sold than consoles owned, which is a bit freakish. Roughly 460,000 copies of the Wii U version of the game were sold in March, and the Switch version sold an estimated 925,000 units.
Nintendo hopes that the numbers, not to mention the money, will continue to flow, especially as new titles land on the Switch. Nintendo is scheduled to report full quarterly figures on April 27, including sales forecasts for the coming fiscal year. These individuals could have factored into the game's over-100% attach rate with the Switch. Internally, Nintendo had previously sold 400,000 consoles during its first week of sale in 2012 while the Wii sold 600,000.
Congrats to Nintendo for setting great sales records.
Beyond that, PS4 sold more than Xbox One during the same month. More than a few gamers have purchased Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch simply because they can't find a Switch console in stores. The rendering of the game on the Nintendo Switch is astounding, with sharp and bright screens with powerful stereo speakers. 925,000 units come from the Nintendo Switch version and almost 460,000 units from the Wii U version. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Super Mario Odyssey are all slated to launch this year, which should result in some quality games for Switch owners.