Nintendo Switch North America Sales Figures Revealed

Our first look at just how successful the hybrid has been.

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Nintendo has finally revealed some concrete sales figures for its new hybrid console/handheld, the Nintendo Switch.

According to data gathered by NPD Group, the new system sold 906,000 units in North America within the first month it was on sale. Sales figures for other territories were not revealed at this time, but have been promised by Nintendo for later on this month.

Nintendo also reported that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 1.5 million copies in the same period of time, with 925,000 of those being of the Switch version of the game.


This has created the odd situation where there have been more copies of that game sold than there are consoles to play it on. This could possibly be due to collectors purchasing two copies of the game so they can keep one sealed, customers buying the game while the console is out of stock, hoping to grab a console as soon as possible, or simply an error in the imprecise nature of the sales tracking.

It should be noted that the Switch has struggled with supply issues since launch, suggesting that if Nintendo had been able to keep up with demand, figures could have been even higher.


With several big releases coming this summer such as ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2, Nintendo has to be happy with the story so far. We'll have to wait a little longer, however, to get a full answer as to whether they achieved their aim of two million consoles sold worldwide in the launch window.


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