According to fresh data compiled by the market research firm known as Media Create, the Nintendo Switch is selling at a much faster rate in Japan than the PlayStation 4’s launch period in the Eastern country. As it happens, the Nintendo Switch console currently has sold a solid 519,504 units in the nation, and as of March 26, 2017, it only took roughly four weeks to sell its half a million in Japan, as opposed to the PS4’s first month numbers of 439,810 units sold.
What’s more is that it took seven weeks for the PS4 overtake its first half million units in Japan, and it actually needed eight weeks to reach a figure that was similar to the latest numbers for the Nintendo Switch in the country. It’s also worth mentioning that there was a slight drop in the Switch’s sales several days ago, but the console managed to recover last week, as the sales coincided with the Big N’s confirmation to doubly increase production in order to meet demand, as well as the announcement of the system’s upcoming Splatoon 2 Global Testfire.
All of that said, the Nintendo Switch’s sales trend in Japan is still a mite slower than that of the Wii U, as the company’s previous console only needed three weeks to sell its first 500,000 units in Japan, moving 557,901 by December 23, 2012. However, it’s interesting to note that the Wii U was launched in the Eastern country during the holiday season, which undoubtedly goosed its sales at the outset, begging the question as to how much better the Switch could be performing in Japan if it were put out during the holidays as well.
While it looks like the Nintendo Switch is having a fantastic debut in Japan, it seems as if the same can be said for the console all around the world, as its financial performance is off to a great start. Just recently, in fact, GameStop declared that the console’s sales could eventually eclipse the Wii should the trend continue. Of course, should that occur, it would take quite a while, as the Wii went on to become one of the best-selling systems of all time by moving more than 100 million units in total.
Taking all of this into consideration, only time will tell if the Switch is able to have the longevity of its predecessor in the Wii, as it has only been about a month since Nintendo’s newest console released. If the Big N manages to create a supply to meet the demand, however, the Switch stands a shot at going down in history as being one of the biggest movers and shakers in the console game yet. With any luck, it will avoid suffering the sales struggle of the Wii U.
The Nintendo Switch is available now.