And now we have a number to put to that claim: "The Nintendo Switch system sold more than 906,000 units in March", according to Nintendo. Following those statements and data from other territories, IGN took a look at what the initial information about the Switch's launch success actually told us.
We knew the Switch got off to a rousing start in Europe, smashing Nintendo's previous platform sales records, but we didn't know just how strong United States sales would be after the initial launch. Nintendo at least admits that they are having supply problems, partly because they didn't expect the Switch to sell this fast. As Nintendo itself notes, it's simply "one of the fastest". Saying the Switch and its flagship game have gotten off to a good start would be an understatement. To beat that, the Switch would have to clear that figure in the next week or so, which it nearly surely won't.
Not too shabby, especially considering that the console launched in March rather than the traditional holiday season launch window. Of those, almost 460,000 units were sold for the Wii U and over 925,000 were for the Switch. The Wii U's best-selling Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, sold roughly 2.11 million copies between September 2013 and December 2016.
Nintendo has announced that the new and highly anticipated Splatoon 2 game will be launching on their new Switch console in a few months time on July 21st, 2017. Nintendo believes that the most ardent collectors double-dipped on Breath of the Wild, buying one game to play and one game for their collections. That gives an attach rate of more than 100 percent. That makes Nintendo Switch one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time. The power of Zelda, folks. Why you ask? It could be due to early shortage of Nintendo Switch consoles. The demand for the console is very high that makes every retail and online store immediately sold out their newly arrived Switch stocks.
The announcement was part of a Nintendo Direct event where the Japanese gaming giant not only confirmed that ARMS launch date, but also the impending release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which will go on sale on April 28.