Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch, has had promising start to its life, with its first weekend on sale – as reported at gamesindustry.biz – garnering more units sold than any other Nintendo console in history, including the hugely successful Wii (in the EU and US at least).
Nintendo also revealed that the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the biggest selling Nintendo launch title in Europe ever, selling more than Wii Sports, which came packed-in with the popular Wii console. Breath of the Wild has been hailed by many as the best Zelda game in the series, and some have even claimed it could be the best game ever made. With a Metacritic rating of 98/100 at this point in time, it’s hard to argue that the game isn’t a classic, and it’s good to see that its quality is also translating into sales.
This is great news for Nintendo, although we have to remember that console launches are constrained by the amount of stock available at retail. For instance, the Wii launched with stock shortage problems. However with sales of over 80,000 Switches sold during its first weekend on sale in the UK, which is more than double what the Wii U managed during the same timescale, the future is looking bright for Nintendo’s bold new hybrid console, especially with big hitters like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey arriving later in the year. It’s interesting to note that while the UK launch is well behind the PS4 launch sales figure of around a quarter of a million, conflicting reports suggest that Switch launch sales in Japan are either close to or even surpassed PS4 launch sales in the region. Regardless, how well the Switch will do worldwide in the long term is currently impossible to tell.