Nintendo Switch launch sales confirmed

The Nintendo Switch launch sales broke records following its March launch, official data has revealed.

The Switch opened with sales of 80,000 in the UK – a step up on the Wii U, but nowhere near the Wii U or 3DS. In America though, it was a different story, with the Nintendo Switch¬†launch sales becoming the company’s best ever with 906,000 units – that’s 31,000 more than their previous biggest launch: the Game Boy Advance.

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Yep, the Switch outsold both the N64 and Wii at launch (although the Wii was infamous for being notoriously hard to get hold of when it first launched back in 2007). It’s great news for Nintendo who appear to have (finally) learnt their lesson from the Wii U and 3DS launches by heavily advertising the console and plotting a steady stream of key titles over the coming months – the first of which arrives this week in the shape of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Accompanying confirmation of the Nintendo Switch launch sales is a slightly curious fact: The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild was unsurprisingly the biggest selling game alongside the console, but it has an attach rate of 102%. That’s right, Breath Of The Wild sold more than the Switch itself. And they weren’t Wii U copies either – the game sold 460,000 copies for the Switch‘s predecessor and 925,000 copies for the Switch itself.

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It’s possible that the extra sales were due to the limited collector’s edition of the game – or maybe people were simply buying Breath Of The Wild in anticipation of getting the console. Either way, it’s fairly unprecedented for a game to have sold more than the console for which it was released.

It wasn’t all good news this week though, as Nintendo bafflingly confirmed that their hugely popular NES Mini has been discontinued. Still, we’re sure they won’t be feeling too sad about it.

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