The Nintendo Switch has set a new Nintendo sales record, the company reveals. In a new interview, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the two day sales for the system (sales between Fri. March 3 and Sat. March 4) in the Americas "exceeded" the two day sales of any other Nintendo console in the company's history. Fils-Aime said that the next fastest selling console is the Nintendo Wii, which sold over 100 million units before being discontinued completely in 2013.
In a separate statement, Nintendo also confirmed that the Switch had broken records in Europe. There, the console "sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history." However, neither Nintendo itself nor Fils-Aime chose to disclose actual sales figures.
2. Fri-Sat sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo history. Next biggest was Wii.— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
It has also been revealed that in both Europe and the Americas, Switch launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best selling standalone launch title in Nintendo history, even beating Super Mario for the Nintendo 64. In Europe, the game outsold Wii Sports in its first weekend, which is phenomenal when considering that Wii Sports came bundled, for free, with the Wii console. And while the extraordinary hype surrounding the game was certainly a huge factor in the game's sales, the fact that Breath of the Wild is also one of the best reviewed games in history (Game Rant's own Breath of the Wild review gave it full marks) was no doubt a big part of that too.
The comments from the Nintendo of America president are incredibly optimistic and will foster more faith in the console and its future. Although developers said that Nintendo Switch could outsell the Wii U, some analysts and members of the Nintendo faithful were not entirely convinced. They feared that the console's biggest selling point (its portable tablet) wouldn't be enough to make people go out and buy the system, but clearly, the feature is more than enough to make it fly off of the shelves.
Granted, naysayers will say that without hard data it's hard to compare exactly and the Switch may only be the fastest selling by a few hundred units. At this point it's also unclear whether its sales will fizzle out and whether the Nintendo Switch will be able to sell five million units this year, even, as some analysts had suggested. For now, though, the record setting sales shouldn't be sniffed at and the Nintendo teams in Europe and the Americas will be patting themselves on the back.
Source: Nick Wingfield (Twitter)