Enlarge / The Switch’s JoyCon controllers in their Grip cradle. (credit: Mark Walton)
Early numbers are still rolling in for Nintendo’s Switch, and for now it looks like the news is still good: according to numbers compiled by SuperData from both Famitsu and market research firm GfK, Nintendo’s new console has sold 1.5 million units worldwide, including 500,000 consoles in the US, 360,000 in Japan, 85,000 in the UK, and 110,000 in France.
SuperData also says that 89 percent of Switch buyers have also purchased The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which would work out to sales of about 1.34 million (this doesn’t account for Wii U sales of the title).
GamesIndustry.biz points out that “most” of these numbers just account for the console’s first week of sales and that the actual number should be higher now.
The numbers are also measuring consoles actually sold to customers, while Nintendo’s official sales figures count consoles shipped to retailers (a higher number).
As we’ve already said, it’s not really possible to draw conclusions one way or the other about the long-term health of the Switch from these initial sales. On the one hand, it’s good for Nintendo that the console is selling so briskly and that the company appears to be well on its way to its own sales goal of two million units shipped by the end of March. On the other hand, even the Wii U sold pretty well in its launch window, and early sales goals are just as likely to be about hitting manufacturing targets as measuring actual consumer enthusiasm.
Still, these figures suggest that at the very least, Nintendo’s most enthusiastic supporters aren’t feeling burned by the Wii U and that they haven’t been spooked by reports of hardware problems like Joy Con connection issues or dead pixels.
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