2017 has been a great year for Nintendo, and was marked by many achievements for the company. Its biggest event of the year was the release of the Nintendo Switch in March. The console was so successful that it broke two records. It was the fastest selling gaming console ever produced by the company, and the fastest selling home console in the US.
Nintendo Switch, the best selling console in the US
The title of Nintendo’s best selling console was not unexpected, but the popularity of Nintendo Switch came as a bit of a surprise. Between its release date on March 3rd and December 31st, the company managed to sell 4.8 million units of the console only in the United States.
This is huge, as it’s the biggest number ever reached by a console during its first 10 months of existence on the market. People would assume the most successful console ever released by Nintendo was Wii, which came out in November 2006. However, Switch managed to surpass it.
Switch received a lot of outside support
However, Nintendo revealed the sales are given mostly by the combination between Switch and trending games. People went crazy about buying the Switch and Super Mario Odyssey or Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild. As it seems, Super Mario beat Legend of Zelda in the US.
Also, the Switch knew how to entertain its players. The developers made sure no delays occurred, and the console received plenty of third-party support, as its release has been impatiently expected. Apart from the typical Nintendo games, other companies created Switch versions for their games. Ubisoft joined in with Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, while Bethesda brought the classics Skyrim and DOOM.
When comparing this achievement with other consoles, Switch is the clear winner. For instance, Sony had sold 20 million copies of the PS4 all over the world in two years since the release. This happened even if it had a great start on the market. Nintendo’s console has already reached 10 million sold units after only 10 months.
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