Nintendo Switch becomes US fastest-selling console – Games

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With some 4.8 million sales in the US alone, the Switch has surpassed 10-month sales records set by the previous record holder, the Wii, which managed 4 million units over the same time period. — AFP

Nintendo's home and portable hybrid is the USA's fastest-selling videogame system of all time, the company says.

In keeping with the Nintendo tradition, the Nintendo Switch was launched in March 2017.

A tablet screen flanked by two detachable controllers and accompanied by a separate TV dock, the Switch is replaced by the underperforming Wii U and is a potential successor to the smash hit 3DS handheld.

But just as Nintendo had followed its 2001 GameCube – then outpaced by the Xbox and PlayStation 2 – with 2006's blockbuster Wii

Critics and fans have been welcomed by Splatoon was on the Wii U.

By mid-December of 2017, the Switch had sold in excess of 10 million units worldwide, at which point Nintendo said it was targeting 14 million units by the end of March.

Now, with some 4.8 million sales in the US alone, the Switch has surpassed 10-month sales records set by the previous record holder, the Wii, which is managed 4 million units over the same time period.

The American means that close to 1.5 million North American Switches would have been bought in December, pushing Nintendo closer to that 14 million unit milestone.

The Switch was already pronounced Japan's fastest-selling console of all time, surpassing the PlayStation 2's ten-month sales of 3 million units, when December's remarkably strong 844,000 tally contributed to a lifetime total of 3.2m sales.

And in terms of recovery from the Wii U era, Nintendo's previous home console sold 7.3 million units over its first 10 months.

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.

Meanwhile, Sony is still to release North American holiday sales figures for the PlayStation 4, which sold 14.4 million units worldwide over its first year of availability.

Microsoft has been reticent to release the figures for its Xbox One series since the PS4 started hitting its stride in 2014. In November 2017, it released an upgraded Xbox One X, which on its debut became the most powerful video games console in history . – AFP Relaxnews


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