Nintendo Switch Sells 1.5 Million Units Worldwide During Its First Week On The Market

While reviews for the hardware itself have been rather mediocre, the Nintendo Switch has reportedly had a strong start to its life, selling around 1.5 million units in its first week.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, SuperData used figures provided by Famitsu and GfK to come to first week sales totals for the main console regions. These estimates are for sell-through of consoles to customers, rather than just the units that were shipped to retailers.
500,000 Switch consoles were sold in the US, while 360,000 were sold in Japan. Europe’s stats were not far behind as in the UK 85,000 units were sold, and France had a little more than that with 110,000. While the Switch has only been on the market for about two weeks now, these numbers have likely risen within that time.
Nintendo announced last week that sales in Europe, Japan, and the Americas during the first 48 hours of the console’s launch were among the best ever for the company.
Unsurprisingly, it appears that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently the driving force behind the success of the Switch. SuperData explains that 89 percent of those who bought a Switch have also bought the newest entry in the Zelda franchise, putting sales of the Switch version of the game in the region of 1.34 million.
According to Tatsumi Kimishima, the company hopes to ship 2 million consoles to retailers by March 31st. If the sales of the Switch stay on such a blistering pace, then Nintendo will easily reach, and possibly even surpass, that goal.
What do you think of the Nintendo Switch? Are you planning on picking one up? Do you already have it along with Breath of the Wild? Let us know in the comments.

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Damien Chambers

Before I became a Geek Under Grace I was a student of Journalism and have always aspired to write for a gaming and geek culture publication. I am truly blessed to have found an outlet to reach not only thousands of fans, but those who may not have yet found Christ. My favorite genre of games is third-person/sandbox games. I like the freedom that they allow both in gameplay and in scale and they just seem less bland and limited than more linear titles. I still have a soft spot for RPG games but I now enjoy JRPGs far less than I did as a child because they are still basically the exact same as they always were, with a few exceptions of course. I also enjoy playing more tactical third-person multiplayer shooters or first-person shooters that try to shake things up. I absolutely hate games based on WWII or Vietnam as those settings and those types of gameplay have been done to death. Though I am not opposed to a future Assassin's Creed title being set during one of these wars. I also typically tend to stay away from MOBA's as they are notorious for abusive, and generally unsavory online communities. My favorite game of all time is Chrono Trigger, which ironically enough is a JRPG but its one that I consider untouchable in quality. The runner-up for my favorite game of all time would be Star Fox 64.

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