It might feel like we’ve read this particular story a few times already, but trust us when we say it is news. With the NPD Group’s March results nigh, the Nintendo Switch has become the Japanese giant’s fastest selling console in the US, with 906,000 units sold in March.
That number is bound to have passed the 1 million mark, as stock has struggled to meet demand. Stock is limited enough that Nintendo can announce when they’ll have stock in their flasgship Nintendo Store in New York and a long line will form.
Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 1.3 million copies in the States, split 925,000 for Switch and 460,000 for Wii U – this includes both physical and digital sales. That’s right, that’s an attach rate of 102% for the Switch, which is both impressive and amusing. There is a good explanation for this, however, as Breath of the Wild came in both a standard and Collector’s Edition, and it’s likely that some people bought both – one to keep and one to play.
Of course, stocks are still low deep into April, with Nintendo saying that they are “working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped.”
With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe out at the end of this month, Nintendo are likely to keep that early momentum going, but we’ll have to wait and see whether or not ARMS and Splatoon 2 can keep the good times coming through the summer.
Source: Nintendo, via Kotaku