Nintendo Switch has strong start in America, Zelda's attach rate over 100%
Luis Castillo | April 16, 2017, 1:27
We still don't have worldwide sales numbers for the console, but Nintendo promised to provide those during its April 27 fiscal earnings report. Faster than any of the many consoles that Nintendo has launched before, Nintendo managed to sell close to one million units in March according to NPD data.
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Breath of the Wild sold 1.3 million copies in the States, split 925,000 for Switch and 460,000 for Wii U. That's right, that's an attach rate of 102% for the Switch, which is both impressive and amusing.
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For comparison to Breath of the Wild, Nintendo said back in 2006 that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which launched alongside the Wii, sold 454,000 copies in its first week.
The console sold 906,000 units in the USA during March, breaking the streak PS4 had since October.
That show should prove one of the most exciting in recent years, with Xbox set to unveil their super-powered Project Scorpio console during the same event - making it a very good time to be a gamer. The Switch arrived off-season, during the dregs of winter, and more than half a year ahead of the traditional holiday rush. That's likely for people who were able to buy the game but couldn't find the system in its first four weeks on the market. This isn't too surprising considering it was the console's launch and was heavily promoted, though it will be interesting to see what impact Nintendo has on the console wars for the remainder of 2017. That makes Nintendo Switch one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time.
"Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different", Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement.