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.
Switch Japan 1st week sales 313,700
Wii U: 308,600
Note: Switch launch outside Xmas season
— Yuji Nakamura (@ynakamura56) March 7, 2017
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.