After a few major missteps over the last decade or so, it’s nice to see Nintendo getting headlines for the right reasons after the release of the Nintendo Switch. In fact it’s hard to get away from the online gushing of Switch and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fans these days. And all that positivity is translating into strong Switch sales for their launch period.

According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé, the new console’s two-day sales have been better than any other Nintendo console, ever. Well, specifically in the US anyway.

The info comes via a series of tweets posted by New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, who revealed the seriously impressive Switch stats:

Wingfield goes on to highlight the importance of Switch’s success over the Wii. The Wii launched in the prime US holiday sales season, which helped boost its sales. The Switch, on the other hand, arrived in March.

Nintendo never actually revealed the two-day sales figures for the Wii, either in the US or elsewhere, but said the console went on to sell over 600,000 units in eight days in the US alone.

Over in Nintendo’s homeland Japan, the Nintendo Switch sales figures are looking equalling promising, even if they can’t quite beat the Wii or PS4 just yet. Again, it’s important to remember that both the Wii and the PS4 launched in November, just in time for Christmas sales.

Game sales ‘Linked’ to console success

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has also done incredibly well, beating Super Mario 64 to become the best-selling standalone launch title in Nintendo’s entire history. Both Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild were the only core launch titles for their respective consoles, meaning a sales comparison between the two is a good indicator of how well their respective consoles will track sales-wise, and from the look of it, it seems like Nintendo has hit a home-run.

Will New Zealand audiences take to the Switch the same way that fans have in the States or Japan? Will the new console help Nintendo recover the ground it lost to its rivals – Sony and Microsoft? Will the next slate of games offer us anything we haven’t already seen before (how many games based on Mario can gamers actually stomach?) Only time will tell.

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Shawn Moodie
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Shawn has pretty diverse interests and enjoys writing on about whatever happens to take his fancy at the time. A seasoned entertainment reviewer and interviewer, Shawn has also seen every band on his 'Musicians to see before I die' list.

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