The numbers are in for the Nintendo Switch's early sale totals and it seems that the console is performing better than its predecessor, at least in the Japanese markets. According to new figures released online, Nintendo's newest console has sold 330,637 units in just the first three days on sale in Japan.
In addition to this, early contender for Game of the Year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold an impressive 190,060 retail copies, without accounting for downloaded versions. To put the Nintendo Switch's sales into persepective, the Wii U was purchased 308,570 times in its first two days on sale, meaning that the new console/handheld hybrid is easily on track to beat the older system.
On the other hand, the Nintendo Wii performed slightly better, bringing in 371,936 sales in its first two days, putting the Switch somewhere in between the two consoles when it comes to sales figures. Of course, these statistics are just for the Japanese markets, and while Nintendo usually performs well on its home-turf, consoles don't tend to be as successful in Japan as they are in the West.
It's also worth bearing in mind that both previous consoles were released in early December, something that is sure to factor into a number of increased sales. Also, the Nintendo Switch has controversially released with no pack-in games, an issue that means that new buyers will have to shell out some additional cash to actually get to play their new console.
According to a new report from market analyst SuperData Research, the Switch is due to reach a grand total of 5 million sales over the course of 2017, so these early numbers are only just the beginning for the console. It's likely we're going to see a huge increase in sales for the Nintendo Switch once some of the larger titles start dropping, later this year.
The Nintendo Switch is available now.