Nintendo Switch Now the Fastest-Selling Home Console in US History

The console has officially beaten out the original Wii's sales numbers from when it launched in the United States as well, leading to a ridiculously successful launch and what will remain a bustling part of the console's life cycle.

In a press release, the company said that the figure beat its own record with the Wii, which sold 4 million units in the same period. Those are impressive numbers, and it's not just localized to Nintendo consoles. This surpasses the Nintendo Wii at 4 million and is the "highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in USA history".

Super Mario Odyssey is the most popular Switch game, selling 2 million units in the first three days - thereby giving it the award of the fastest selling Mario title in history. Bethesda-published games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and DOOM showed early on that it was possible to have graphically intensive games on the system (with some downsampling), and indie gems like Stardew Valley are finding a comfortable home on the Switch as well.




By the time manufacturing ceased in January 2017, it tallied 13.56m; the Switch is all but guaranteed to post at least that much by March. If you're a big first-party Nintendo fan and enjoy ports, it's an interesting system that's definitely worth picking up.

As I wrote last week, the unexpected sales success of the Nintendo Switch also demonstrates - contrary to many analyst outlooks - that there is, indeed, room for a gaming alternative to the ubiquitous smartphone.

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