Nintendo has moved an estimated 1.5 million Switches, courtesy of Breath of the Wild

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Nintendo’s Switch has been flying off store shelves and is on track to hit the company’s target of two million devices shipped within March. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has also been extremely popular, selling almost as fast as the handheld itself.

According to game and research firm SuperData, information its received from various sources indicate the Switch has shifted 500,000 consoles in this country alone, with 360,000 shipping to Japan, 85,000 units in the UK, and 110,000 in France (a full country-by-country breakdown was not available). These figures only reflect the first week of sales, which puts Nintendo well on its way to hitting its two-million Switch target.

The initially strong response to the Switch seems to have been significantly driven by one game: Zelda: Breath of the Wild. According to SuperData, they estimate 89% of Switch owners have bought the title, with 1.34 million copies sold to-date. This doesn’t even include the Wii U version, though if analyses of that platform’s performance are accurate, it’s easily the worst way to experience the game.

As many others have noted, however, AAA games for the Switch are a bit thin on the ground, even by the standards of a console launch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a hefty upgrade to the original Mario Kart 8, but it’s not an all-new title in the franchise. Splatoon 2 isn’t expected until summer, Fire Emblem Warriors debuts this fall, and Super Mario Odyssey will launch for the holiday season. Between these tentpole launches are a decent handful of indie titles and a few ports of older games, like Lego City Undercover.


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