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Nintendo Switch Sells 15m Units In North America

Nintendo Switch have sold 15 million units in North America in just over two years, surpassing the lifetime success of their previous console, the Wii U. Image Source: Bang Showbiz  Figures have revealed that the console – which was released in March 2017 – has reached the impressive milestone, and has also been the best-selling […]

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Nintendo Switch have sold 15 million units in North America in just over two years, surpassing the lifetime success of their previous console, the Wii U.

Image Source: Bang Showbiz 

Figures have revealed that the console – which was released in March 2017 – has reached the impressive milestone, and has also been the best-selling video game console for 10 months in a row, according to the NPD Group.

Elsewhere, internationally, the Nintendo Switch has sold 36.87 million units.

The Nintendo Switch’s success is great news for the company, whose previous console – the Wii U – only sold 13.56 million units worldwide across its lifetime.

And Nintendo are also celebrating after four of their games – ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’, ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ and ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ – have sold over six million copies, with another 10 selling over one million.

Nintendo always had high hopes for the Switch, as back in 2017, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima thinks the new Switch console could outsell the Wii.

He said:

“The truth is we want to raise the installed base of Nintendo Switch up to the same level as Wii. As we mentioned during our presentation, Nintendo Switch in America had the fastest start of any Nintendo hardware, despite launching in March. If our sales go according to our plan this fiscal year, we will be able to see Nintendo Switch gaining the momentum in which it can approach relative parity with Wii afterwards.

“Plus, considering that Nintendo Switch is a home console video game system that you can take with you on the go so you can play anytime, anywhere, with anyone, we think there will be households that feel as though one is not really enough. This is another point that drives us to match the scale of Wii’s popularity with Nintendo Switch.”