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Nintendo Switch outsells the Wii on opening weekend

by Joey Davidson | March 7, 2017March 7, 2017 9:00 am PDT

The Nintendo Switch is off to a roaring start in the Americas. According to Nintendo, it set the Friday-Saturday sales record for all of their consoles. Yep, even the red hot Wii that was in absurd demand at its launch.

The word comes from The New York Times Reporter Nick Wingfield in a few tweets following an interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.

Zelda set records, too

Wingfield’s report didn’t stop at the Nintendo Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo’s best-selling standalone launch title over that period. It even beat Super Mario 64.

That red hot start is great, but this doesn’t necessarily guarantee success for the Switch. It beat the Wii off the blocks, but it’ll need to run to more than 100 million units sold over its lifespan to surpass Nintendo’s motion control-heavy console.

The good news? Aside from record-setting numbers, let’s keep perspective on launch window. The Nintendo Switch launched in March, not November. This is a console selling like gangbusters as it’s well removed from the holiday season. That’s an important note.

We’ll have more on the Switch as it comes.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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