Nintendo has come out and said that the Nintendo Switch is so successful that it has become the fastest selling console in U.S. history.
Earlier today, Nintendo announced that its recently released hybrid console is now the fastest selling “home console” in U.S. history. The announcement comes just a couple weeks after they announced that the system has already sold an impressive 10 million units.
The newest Nintendo console launched less than a year ago, back on March 3rd, 2017. The previous record was also held by Nintendo, with the Wii, which had sold 4 million units in the U.S. in its first 10 months. The Switch comes ahead 800,000 extra units in the same time, with 4.8 million since release.
It’s an impressive number indeed, with almost half of all consoles sales being in the U.S.. When you consider that the Japanese market tends to latch onto anything Nintendo, and especially handheld consoles, it makes you wonder why more haven’t sold there in the same time.
It wouldn’t be for a lack of game choice. With blockbuster games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Arms, and many others from ports to 3rd party support like Skyrim and Doom. While the hybrid console may not have the power many of us want, the novelty of being able to take big budget games on the go anywhere (even if they look like last generation ones) is a big factor. Personally, I didn’t expect to use it in handheld mode due to its drop in performance, and my lack of travel. However, I have found that I have played the console in its docked mode less than 10 times since I bought it 5 months ago.
It’s certainly a nice feature to be able to play the games whenever or wherever I want. As the sales above would suggest, that is a big selling point for the console, along with Nintendo finally being willing to allow a broader range of titles, including M rated games you normally wouldn’t on the system.
It’s a far cry from what we had expected, and while those concerns may still be present considering the system’s lack of power compared to the competition, it hardly seems to be affecting its appeal.
What do you think about this news? Will the system continue to sell the way it is or will it slow down in the future? Let us know in the comments below.