Switch Had the Best Launch Month of Any Game System in Nintendo History

The company reported that it sold more than 906,000 units in March, 'a non-traditional month for a console launch.'


After analyst reports and teases about how well the Nintendo Switch sold in March, we finally got something official. Nintendo of America, citing NPD's March numbers, has confirmed that the console-handheld hybrid sold more than 906,000 units, selling "faster in its launch month than any video game system in Nintendo history. 

Nintendo even went further, saying that the numbers happened despite the console coming out in "a non-traditional month" for a launch.

Unfortunately, we haven't gotten anything yet on worldwide numbers, but with Nintendo due to have a quarterly financial meeting later this month, we can expect even more detailed numbers then.

In addition to the solid Switch sales, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold more than 1.3 million copies in the United States - 925,000 of those for the Switch - making it the fastest-selling launch title and the fastest-selling Zelda game ever. The numbers may seem a bit off given that more copies of the game were sold for the console than it actually sold consoles, but Nintendo explained that "This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play."

The Switch continues to sell well, and Nintendo vowed that it's "working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped."

The news was good for overnight trading of Nintendo's stock, which was up for than 3% in early trading on the Nikkei stock exchange in Japan.

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    April 13, 2017 7:25 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Switch Had the Best Launch Month of Any Game System in Nintendo History

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      April 13, 2017 7:32 PM

      Good to hear!

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      April 13, 2017 7:32 PM

      heck yes

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      April 13, 2017 7:33 PM

      Helps when you launch with the GOTY

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        April 13, 2017 8:00 PM

        GOTD honestly maybe? My vote would be Dark Souls but it's up there.

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        April 13, 2017 8:10 PM

        But Persona 5 didn't come out until April, and it's on the PS4 not the Switch.

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          April 13, 2017 8:11 PM


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          April 13, 2017 9:58 PM

          First problem is that its not BotW. Second problem is that P5 really should be on the Switch. Limiting it to the PS4 and PS3 is such a drag, it'd be so much better if I could play it wherever like P4G on the Vita

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            April 13, 2017 10:28 PM

            Yeah. Actually, I'm not really in the position to compare since I haven't played BotW yet (too poor) so I'm really just yanking your guy's chain.

            But honestly: How could a bigger, better, newer Persona not be Game of the Year? ATLUS fucking accomplished the impossible with this game.

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              April 13, 2017 10:48 PM

              There's not a lot that could be better than that, for sure :)

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                April 13, 2017 11:00 PM

                It's like... we live in this day and age of diminishing returns with IPs I was so scared that Persona 5 was going to be another sad story of that. But it's not! It stands on it's own as an accomplishment worthy to be honored in the annals of history.

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            April 14, 2017 8:03 AM


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      April 13, 2017 7:36 PM

      I don't remember what the Wii launch numbers were, and now that I pause to consider that I remember there was massive shortages... Sooo, umm. Yeah, I guess this shouldn't too surprising. They excercised their option to increase launch units, and they even cannibalized the NES Classic for Switch capacity (that's not official, but the evidence fits).

      Honestly, this just kinda proves what we've all struggled with: tablet gaming just needed a real controller that connected to the device.

      The Switch works because of the Joy-Con.

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      April 13, 2017 7:41 PM

      WIi U 2.0 confirmed.

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      April 13, 2017 7:42 PM

      it would of been better had they properly stocked up.

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      April 13, 2017 8:12 PM

      Shocking considering it doesn't even have madden

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      April 13, 2017 9:02 PM

      That's crazy. I remember the hoops Mary jumped through to buy my N64 for Christmas back when that came out. She fought the moms of tons of little kids for one. lol

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      April 13, 2017 10:04 PM

      Still waiting on the blasted VC.....

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      April 13, 2017 10:59 PM

      What about in video game history?

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