It looks like the Nintendo Switch is off to a good start because according to a report from Gamesindustry.biz, they quote data from SuperData who claims that based on the numbers provided by Famitsu and GfK, it was found that the Nintendo Switch had managed to sell 1.5 million units worldwide within its first week.
Nintendo had previously stated that their goal was to sell 2 million units by the end of March, and given that we have a couple of weeks to go, we wouldn’t be surprised if they were to meet it. There is no breakdown by the market so we’re not sure which country it did the best in, but from what we know so far there’s a good chance it could be Japan where it sold 300,000 units within the first few days of availability.
We also know that the Switch sold 80,000 units in the UK also within its first few days, and last we heard the console was “breaking records” in both the US and in Europe. According to the report, it seems that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the driving factor behind the console’s sales.
Given that the game has received near-perfect Metacritic scores, we can’t say that we’re surprised. As to whether or not Nintendo can maintain the momentum remains to be seen, but with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe due for a release next month and seeing how the game helped boost Wii U sales, we reckon it should perform well for the Switch as well.