The Nintendo Switch has been on the market for nearly two weeks now, with the console launching on March 3rd and ushering in a new era of Nintendo consoles. While we’ve been hearing about how the console has been selling in certain regions, we now have an estimate detailing how well the console has sold worldwide.
The information comes from games analytics firm SuperData, who says that the Nintendo Switch has sold somewhere around 1.5 million units worldwide so far. The numbers break down to 500,000 units in the US, 360,000 units in Japan, and Europe “isn’t far behind” Japan’s numbers. However, they then add that 85,000 units were sold in the UK and France sold 110,000 units.
It’s worth noting that most of the sales figures being offered here are only for the first week of console sales, so we’re likely looking at a reasonably higher number at the current time. Nintendo has previously claimed that they are aiming to sell 2 million consoles by the end of March, and they are in a very good position to do that.
While it’s good to see that the Nintendo Switch is off to a better start than the Wii U experienced during its launch, the console was undoubtedly bolstered by the the phenomenal reception to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. SuperData reveals that 89% of Switch owners bought the game with the console, which adds up to 1.34 million sales for the game. Sales numbers for the Wii U version of the game remain unknown at this time. Zelda games are always system sellers, but considering that the game is currently one of the best-reviewed games of all time certainly doesn’t hurt.
Of course, the big question now is whether or not the Switch will be able to keep this up throughout the year. The console isn’t going to have the most stacked lineup on the market, but there are some heavy hitters like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Super Mario Odyssey that will release throughout the year.