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Nintendo Switch smashing expectations at 2.47 million consoles shipped

by Ron Duwell | April 27, 2017

Nintendo shared its first earnings report since the launch of the Nintendo Switch this week, and so far, the company has smacked a home run with its latest device. In the one month that it has been available, the company claims that it shipped a grand total of 2.47 million units to retailers around the world.

And given how quickly retailers burn through those shipments, it’s safe to assume that the total number of sales is hovering at about the same figure. Nintendo plans to ship 10 million more before March 2018 to accommodate for the shortages and positive reception.

The console also boasts a solid 5.46 million software sales, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild naturally earning its spot as the console’s best-selling game. In total, the game sold 3.84 million since launching on March 3, and it still holds an unreal attachment rate of over 100 percent on the Switch with 2.76 million copies. The remaining 1.08 million accounts for the Wii U version.

The Nintendo 3DS is still chugging along with 7.24 million units sold over the last financial year, an increase of 7 percent year-on-year. Software sales also climbed 14 percent to 55.08 million units total.

I might never play a home console again

I’ve had my Switch for about three days now, and it is already proving to be everything I had hoped. All of my PlayStation 4 projects are on hold at the moment simply because I can play Breath of the Wild while I travel to work and other places on the train.

When I get home, I don’t want to stop to play anything else. Nintendo’s already got me sucked into its open fantasy world, and I just don’t want to let go. Things are only going to get worse once Virtual Console, Super Mario Odyssey, and a few more third-party games come strolling along.

I mean, I’d like to play NieR: Automata and Persona 5, something I’m sure the Switch is capable of doing, but I just don’t have 80 hours to sit in front of a television and sink into a JRPG or any AAA game anymore. The only solution is to let me play it when I’m not around the house, and only the Switch provides that now. I’d sink 80 hours into Disgaea 5 Complete before playing Persona 5 at this point.

We’ll see, but I think Nintendo is onto something here. Don’t blow it!

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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...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...


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