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The Nintendo Switch Has Just Made History

by Jelani James

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The Nintendo Switch has been selling like hotcakes since its release, so much so that it has now set the record of becoming the fastest-selling home console in U.S. history.

This achievement was announced by Nintendo who, citing its internal sales figures, revealed that since the Nintendo Switch’s launch on March 3, 2017, the console has managed to sell 4.8 million units in the United States within 10 ten months. Amusingly, this means that Nintendo now holds the position for both first and second place in this department, as the previous record holder was the Wii which sold more than four million units within the same time period.

“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”

The U.S. isn’t the only place where the Nintendo Switch has found success either, as it has posted impressive numbers in Japan as well. In late December, the latest Famitsu sales figures revealed that hardware sales had reached 2.9 million units since launch. Assuming it continues this momentum, it will easily beat out total Wii U sales (3.3 million) and even total PlayStation 4 sales (5.7 million) by the end of 2018.

And chances are that the Nintendo Switch will be maintaining that momentum, as several titles are already confirmed to release this year, such as Kirby: Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, a new Yoshi game, as well as “continued support from major publishers such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, Sega, Take 2, and Bethesda, plus a growing catalog of quality content from indie developers.”

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