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Nintendo Switch soars in Japan, has the biggest Nintendo launch ever in Europe

by Ron Duwell | March 8, 2017March 8, 2017 3:00 pm PDT

The Nintendo Switch had a successful launch in North America, doubling launch sales of the Wii U and propelling Breath of the Wild to be the biggest selling launch game on a Nintendo platform. The rest of the world is responding in full with more stories of success from Europe and Japan.

In Europe, the Switch became the biggest launch in Nintendo’s history, as confirmed by Nintendo of Europe in a statement.

We can confirm that, across Europe, Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history.

Launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has not only been bestowed with some of the highest review scores in gaming history, it’s 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.

Japan’s success is comparable to Wii and PS4

And in Japan, the Nintendo Switch launched to sales figures that compete with the Wii and PlayStation 4. Bloomberg tech reporter Yuji Nakamura tweeted the results found in this week’s Famitsu.

Yes, it’s worth point out that the Wii U did well in its first week as well. Japan still has yet to see if the console catches on or not.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...