Nintendo have just revealed the global sales figures of their new console.
The figures, part of a newly released financial statement, reveal how many Switch consoles have been sold around the world since the console’s March 3rd launch date and the end of the fiscal quarter, March 31st.
The figures reveal Nintendo has sold 2.74 million consoles in less than a month, beating Nintendo’s modest estimate of just 2 million.
For context, the hugely successful Wii sold 3.2 million in the first month, but launched in a comparatively busier shopping season, hitting shelves November 2006.
Nintendo now estimate sales of 13 million for the switch before April 2018 – which would almost surpass the WiiU’s lifetime sales.
Bizarrely the Switch was actually outsold by copies of Zelda Breath of the Wild. The popular new Zelda game sold 3.84 million copies – with 2.76 million of those Switch copies. That’s 200,000 more copies than consoles to play it on.
In total, Nintendo sold 5.46 million games for the Switch worldwide.
Going forward, Nintendo hope to ship 35 million Switch games in the next 12 months, including their latest release Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Super Mario Odyssey later in the year.
The financial statement also highlighted how the 3DS is fairing since the launch of the Switch – and interestingly sales are on the up. Sales of Nintendo’s classic portable were up 7%, rising to 7.27 million units, likely owing to the success of Pokémon Sun and Moon– which the statement reveals surpassed 15 million in sales.
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