Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch is now the “fastest-selling video game system in Nintendo history” with more than 906,000 units sold in March. They also have announced that the “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were sold during that period of time, equating to a more than 100% attach rate. This has never been achieved by another console.” The Wii U version of Zelda sold an additional 460,000 units, resulting in the game selling 1.3 million copies. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has officially become the fastest selling Nintendo launch title and the the fastest-selling Legend of Zelda game ever.
The NPD Group has confirmed that for the fifth month the PS4 has outsold Xbox One. However, the Nintendo Switch outsold them both. Selling 500,000 in the first week, and 906,000 units in March. “Demand has outpaced both expectation and supply at a level that surpasses the record-selling Wii during the same length of time post-launch, surprising Nintendo and analysts alike.” I could only assume that the gamers that purchased Zelda without a console plan to buy it later or sell it on the secondary market for a profit.
The research firm SuperData has predicted that the Switch will potentially shift over 7.2 Million consoles this year. If this occurs it will surpass half the amount sold in four years by the Wii U. Globally, the Switch has sold an estimated 2.4 M consoles. So far everything looks good for the Switch, hopefully it will continue to be successful.
Nintendo Direct (April, 12, 2017)
In celebration of the release of “Arms,” Nintendo will be releasing a new neon yellow joy-cons on June 16th. They also announced 12 new Nintendo Switch games and many 3DS titles. Finally, Nintendo announced that they will be releasing a “a new Joy-Con attachment that extends the battery life of the controllers. The Joy-Con AA Battery Pack Accessory includes an attachment for up to two Joy-Con controllers and a pair of AA batteries powers each unit. The battery pack slides onto the rail of the each controller in the same manner as a Joy-Con strap would, and it adds a sizable grip to the back of each one.” No news on American release prices.