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Nintendo Switch surpasses 1.5 million sold

by Danny Zepeda | March 14, 2017March 14, 2017 11:45 am PDT

The numbers are in for Nintendo Switch sales during its launch week, and they’re impressive.

According to a report by SuperData, Nintendo sold 1.5 million Switch units worldwide during its first week, with the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and France seeing the most sales. The report also points out that 89-percent of Switch buyers picked up a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That means roughly 1.34 million Switch users have picked up the game; the data does not include how many copies were purchased by Wii U owners.

These numbers are just from sales during launch week; they may actually be higher now that the system has been on sale for two weeks. According to, Nintendo was hoping to sell two million Switch units during its first month of availability, and it appears the company will hit that goal.

Will big sales continue?

The initial sales are impressive, but the question turns to the longevity of Switch sales. The 1.5 million number was essentially covered with only one main title for purchase. Next month will bring Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, while Skyrim, FIFA, NBA 2K18 and Super Mario Odyssey set to arrive later this year.

If demand for those titles remain high, sales of the system should also stay relatively healthy as the list of available titles becomes longer.

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...