Nintendo’s (NTDOY) latest game console, the Switch, is off to strong start after being launched last week, with the device besting opening-weekend sales for the Wii in North, South and Central America.
According to Yahoo Finance, the Switch debut had the best sales in the game maker’s history. Meanwhile, Nintendo confirmed in a statement to Nintendolife that “across Europe, Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history.” What’s more, Nintendo said the game The Ledged of Zelda: Breath of the Wild not only garnered some of the best game reviews in gaming history, it is also “the biggest-selling Nintendo launch title ever in Europe, even outselling Wii Sports in first weekend sales. And all this in March—traditionally a quiet time for the games industry.” (See also: Nintendo Switch's Games Are Getting Rave Reviews.)
Switch Sales Notable
What makes the strong weekend sales of the Switch even more impressive is the fact the Wii was unveiled during the holiday shopping a season, a time in which the industry often sees an uptick in sales. The Switch was also released with just 10 game titles.
In October, Nintendo revealed details about the Switch, which is a portable gaming system and home console rolled into one aimed at resurrecting its struggling console business. Nintendo Switch uses a dock when it functions as a console. It switches to portable mode, when it lifted out of the dock. Its Joy-Con controllers enable players to switch between single- and multiple-player modes as well as supplement player controls when the system is used as a portable device. The controllers are detachable. They can also be switched with Nintendo Switch Pro controllers.
There’s a lot riding on this new gaming device for the Japanese game maker, which has fallen from grace since the launch of the Wii U back in 2012. The Wii U was discontinued last year. In a crowded gaming marketplace, Nintendo is betting the Switch will change all that and help it regain its standing with third-party game publishers, which it needs to grow the number of users who purchase the new console.