The sales of the Nintendo Switch are on fire.
According to recent internal sale figures in a press release, the Switch has surpassed over 10 million units sold despite being released earlier this year in March. With an average of a million consoles sold a month so far, Nintendo Switch sales have nearly matched the lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii U, which capped in at around 13.56 million units over the course of five years, in nine months.
Nintendo has previously stated that the Switch is expected to beat lifetime sales of the Wii U by next March, which saw it shatter records back in March and April as one of the fastest selling consoles in North America ever by Nintendo.
Much of the success for the Switch has been focused heavily on the strong gaming lineup, which was criticized before the console’s release for its apparent lack of third party support and a small launch line up. First party games have carried the console immensely, with third-party support from Bethesda, Sega, Ubisoft, Atlus and Bandai Namco leading the charge for both downloadable and physical game releases. The Switch is also home to a very healthy indie game market, with some titles like Wonder Boy and Forma.8 outselling their PS4 and Xbox One counterparts on the console. Spreading the releases of major games over time has proven to give the Switch a consistent feed of major titles to keep the system in the public’s eye.
The first party support, however, has been stellar from Nintendo this year. The charge has been lead by two critically acclaimed titles, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which recently won The Game Awards “Game of the Year”. Nintendo’s other major titles released this year included Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and ARMS, as well as the promise of major exclusives or first-party titles coming in 2018, including Bayonetta 3 by Platinum Games, Project Octopath Traveller from Square Enix, Kirby Star Allies, and more. Games without confirmed release schedules include a new Pokemon title, and Metroid Prime 4.
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