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Nintendo Switch is now the fastest-selling game console in United States history

05 January 2018, 01:57 | Jenny Fowler

Nintendo Switch is now the fastest-selling game console in United States history

Nintendo Switch is now the fastest-selling game console in United States history

The Nintendo Switch on display at a pop-up display room in Madison Square Park, New York, March 2017.

In an announcement that likely surprises exactly no one, Nintendo confirmed that the Switch is now the fastest-selling console in US history, thanks to data compiled via internal sales info. Nintendo (NTDOY) has sold at least 10 million units over the past 9 months.

At the beginning of 2017, Nintendo was in a precarious position.

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The Wii previously held the record with around four million units sold in the same time frame, and in comparison the PS4 sold 3.95 million units in the first 10 months, so the hybrid console is doing very well against its competitors, it would seem. Microsoft and Sony have not yet released holiday sales numbers for their consoles, but they are not expected to outperform the Switch. The company has now increased its internal target for its first-year sales of the Switch to 16 million from 10 million. Super Mario Odyssey was the Switch's best-selling game during its first calendar year, and more than 60% of Switch owners in the USA purchased the game (which translates out to about 2.9 million copies).

Critics and fans have taken to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey while oddball sports game "Arms" has been welcomed as an innovative essential just as Splatoon was on the Wii U.

Nintendo of course was pleased to point out that over 300 games have been released (physically and digitally) including titles like DOOM, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Stardew Valley and more.



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