The Nintendo Switch has snapped up the title of the fastest-selling console of the current hardware generation, according to a report from Business Wire.
The report states that from the Nintendo Switch’s launch back in March 2017 through November 2018, the Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units. This means that the console has outpaced US sales of all other current-generation systems.
Nintendo is also the overall top-selling US software publisher so far for this year, although that’s unsurprising given how many excellent Nintendo Switch games have come out this year. 2018 titles such as Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and Super Mario Party have helped bolster sales.
The release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also set a new record by becoming the fastest-selling Nintendo home console game of all time in Europe. The game also sold 3 million units in just 11 days in the US, according to gamesindustry.biz.
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Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said that “We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch” and “We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond.”
Business Wire’s report also provided the following statistics from Nintendo of America (data is specific to the US only):
- Nintendo hardware unit and dollar sales for 2018 are at their highest annual totals since 2011.
- Nintendo eShop sales have grown 105 percent over 2017.
- Evergreen Nintendo Switch games have set new milestones, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling over 4 million and 5 million units, respectively. Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 4.7 million units.
- In addition to the fast-selling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, other recently released games that continue to make a splash include Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which together total 2 million units, and Super Mario Party at 1.4 million.
gamesindustry.biz also say that the Nintendo Switch is now responsible for half of the top 10 fastest-selling Nintendo home console games ever. The Switch titles Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! now all have their (rightfully deserved) places on the list.