Nintendo has seen a resurgence of sorts over the past few months thanks in large part to its latest console, the Nintendo Switch. While the Wii U ultimately failed to live up to the lofty expectations set by its console predecessor, the opposite appears to be true for the Nintendo Switch which has already seen a lot of success over just a short period of time. That success has continued into April as Nintendo announces that the Switch was once again the best selling video game hardware for the month.
According to data from the NPD group, the Nintendo Switch sold 280,000 units in the month of April alone, giving Nintendo bragging rights for a second straight month. Even after a record breaking debut for the Switch in March, the company’s other popular gaming device, the 3DS, also performed well in April selling 68,000 units. In the United States, these two pieces of hardware combined to make up just about half of all hardware sales across all dedicated video game consoles.
The good news doesn’t stop there however as the recently released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continued Nintendo’s good fortune, capturing the number one spot for software sales in April coming in at 460,000 physical units sold. When combined with digital sales, the number grows even more to 550,000, which is even more impressive considering the title launched at the tail end of the month. The NPD reporting period ended on the 29th, so those numbers encompass just two days worth of sales data.
Other Switch titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild once again had a strong month, finishing third in sales, while 1-2 Switch and Snipperclips also continued to sell strong in April. Fans should see a clearer picture of where everyone stacks up tomorrow as the NPD Group officially releases its full sales report tomorrow.
With E3 2017 on the horizon, most fans are eagerly anticipating what Nintendo has up its sleeves. Right now, the release schedule is a little barren with only a few first party offerings on the horizon like the quirky fighting game ARMS, and the multiplayer focused Splatoon 2. Details on how Nintendo plans to fill the space between the summer and the eventual release of Super Mario Odyssey should be right around the corner.
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Source: Business Wire