Nintendo Switch Becomes the Fastest-Selling Video Game System in Nintendo History

More Than 906,000 U.S. Units Sold in March;
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Also Sets Records

, the new home gaming system that people can also take on the
go, has sold faster in its launch month than any other video game system
in Nintendo history. The Nintendo Switch system sold more than 906,000
units in March, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game
sales in the United States. That makes Nintendo Switch one of the
fastest-selling video game systems of all time. Notably, this sales
surge was accomplished in a nontraditional month for a console launch.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
game sold over 1.3 million
units*. That total includes more than 925,000 units sold for Nintendo
Switch and nearly 460,000 units sold for the Wii
console. That means that Nintendo sold more of this game for
Nintendo Switch than it sold Nintendo Switch systems, for an attach rate
of more than 100 percent. This may be attributed to people who purchased
both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to

This was all enough to make The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the
fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series.

“Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and
different,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and
COO. “With its various play modes and the innovative features of the
Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch provides unique experiences that
people can take with them anywhere and share with anyone.”

While Nintendo Switch sales are off to a record-breaking start,
shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand.
Nintendo is working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to
buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped. In just over
two weeks, the Mario
Kart 8 Deluxe
game will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 28
with more content than any other Mario Kart game in series
history, including 48 racing tracks, new Battle modes, new characters
and other additions. Competition on Nintendo Switch gets even hotter
heading into summer, with the release of the ARMS
game on June 16 and the Splatoon
game on July 21.

A full accounting of worldwide Nintendo Switch sales, as well as other
financial information, will be provided on April 27, when Nintendo
issues its fiscal-year earnings release. For more information, keep an
eye on Nintendo’s investor relations page at

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data
regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital
life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All
numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch
system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems.
Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System,
Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 700
million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the
Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES,
Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii
and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that
have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong,
Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for
Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

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Rich George