It’s early but promising that so far the Nintendo Switch and the Legend of Zelda have managed to break records. According to Nintendo of Europe, “Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history.” In addition to this, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become the “biggest-selling Nintendo launch title ever in Europe.”
It should also be noted that March is often a down season for the game season. The Nintendo Switch also “sold more than any previous Nintendo console across its first two days in the Americas, and its first week performance in Japan surpassed that of the Wii U with 313,000 units sold.” Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime told the New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, that “it had beaten the Wii into second place.” He also stated that Breath of the Wild has, “sustained a 98 Metacritic average across 68 reviews.”
In Japan, according to Famitsu data the “Switch sold 313,700 units in its first week.” The Wii sold 371,900 units, Wii U sold 308,600 and the PS4 sold 322,100, it should be noted that all three of those consoles were released during the holiday season. For many analysts the Christmas season will be a big test for the console.