It's been almost two months since the Nintendo Switch launched, and now we've got some official data on how the new system is performing. In its first month of release, the console managed to ship over 2.74 million units, which is a very impressive figure.
News of the Nintendo Switch figures comes by way of a sales report from the company, where it also revealed numbers for 3DS handheld sales. Of course, the big item on the docket were those Switch sales numbers, and considering how much positive buzz has been surrounding the console it's no surprise Nintendo is willing to offer the info up so freely.
Anyone who has tried and failed to purchase a Switch will know that the system is selling like hot cakes. In fact, some have even resorted to the price gougers on eBay just to get their hands on the home console/handheld hybrid. However, these figures demonstrate just how much of a sales monster the hardware has been in its first few weeks on the scene.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has managed to shift 2.76 million copies — which is pretty remarkable, given that it exceeds the number of Switch systems sold to date. Demand for the Switch and Zelda is high, but the console stock has yet to meet that demand just yet, which has led to one of the stranger sales statistics for Switch. For Zelda, these numbers don't even take its Wii U sales into account either, as the game has sold a whopping 3.84 million units across the two platforms.
Of course, the Switch has a long way to go before it can compete with Nintendo's greatest successes. More than 100 million Wii consoles were sold over the course of that system's lifespan, and 66 million 3DS units have been shipped since the handheld launched in 2011.
The Switch will have to be able to go the distance if it's to compete with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, its strong sales start should encourage publishers and developers to provide software support, so the system's early sales performance will likely be a boon to early adopters.
The Nintendo Switch is available now.