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Around 1.5 million Nintendo Switches sold during launch week

By Scorpus ยท 5 replies
Mar 15, 2017
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  1. It seems that the launch of the Nintendo Switch was a success. According to information from SuperData, Nintendo has sold 1.5 million Switch consoles worldwide, with most of this figure encompassing just the first week of sales. The Switch has now been on sale for a little under two weeks, so the actual current figure will be higher.

    SuperData breaks down the figures to reveal around 500,000 console sales in the United States, 360,000 in Japan, 85,000 in the United Kingdom, and 110,000 in France. Their research data also suggests that 89 percent of Switch buyers purchased The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which equates to sales of approximately 1.34 million for the Switch version of the game. Again, actual sales will be higher, especially as the new Zelda game is also available on Wii U.

    Nintendo's original aim was to sell 2 million Switches by the end of March, and it seems the company will achieve this goal going on current data. It's also worth mentioning that Nintendo's official sales figures count consoles shipped and sold to retailers, while SuperData's numbers refer to consoles actually sold to customers.

    Despite good initial sales, there are question marks over whether Nintendo can maintain this momentum throughout the year. The Switch's launch line-up is weak, aside from Zelda, and there are very few major releases scheduled for the next few months. Quality games help sell consoles, so Nintendo will have to accelerate their game launch plans to keep customers happy.

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  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,755   +364

    No comments? I'll leave one! And nobody continues to give a....
  3. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    It costs 380euros here. I can get 2 slim ps4 consoles for the same price. They really should talk to the retailers here if they want to sell any, people are talking on web how it's all sold out but here stores are full of them, probably because of the price.
  4. Jeff Schmidt

    Jeff Schmidt TS Booster Posts: 93   +76

    Put a better online system on it then the supposed (use a phone for matchmaking/voice chat). And I'll buy one. But even then I won't get one until more games come on it. And since there is only a few games coming out between now and christmas. No rush for me then.

    But besides that 1.5 million systems on a worldwide release isn't that great of an achievement. If the numbers are 5+ million by the end of the year then we are talking an achievement for Nintendo.

    The Sega Dreamcast sold nearly a million systems in the United States when it launched.
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,323   +2,573

    So all these people are going to play breath of the wild and then what? There is literally no other good game out on the system right now. Not surprising given the launch titles are only a handful.

    I expect to see the systems on eBay once they realize they bought a pricey tablet with pricey games all for the new Zelda.
  6. Kotters

    Kotters TS Maniac Posts: 330   +223

    The Switch is basically the exact gaming console I want. A modern PSP. Portable, console-level gaming on the go with TV out.

    Get me Monster Hunter and it's perfect.

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