The Nintendo Switch is off to a strong start, with over 2.74 million units sold in its first month on shelves.
Nintendo published the updated figures in its recent year-end earnings release, which detailed sales up through the end of the last fiscal year (March 31st). Since the Switch released on March 3rd, the numbers represent just under a month of sales.
Nintendo’s original goal was to ship 2 million units, while analysts predicted numbers between 2.3 and 2.5 million units. The 2.74 million number, then, shows that the Switch has solidly surpassed expectations on both fronts.
In that same time period, the Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 2.76 million copies-meaning that there are more copies of Breath of the Wild out in the, well, wild, than there are Switches to actually play the game on. Part of this is explained by the game’s absurdly high attach rate—nearly everyone who bought a Switch also bought Breath of the Wild. On top of that, some customers bought multiple copies of the game in the form of Collector’s Editions. Still others may have found the game in stock, but no Nintendo Switch, meaning that they truly do have the game but no console to play it on.
Perhaps tellingly, Nintendo chose not to reveal the sales numbers of 1-2 Switch, saying only that the game had been “generating buzz.”
Wii U sales continued to drop, down 77 percent year-over year. It seems that the console isn’t just down, though, it’s out: In the last three months of the fiscal year, the Wii U sold exactly zero units. According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, this means that we can count the total lifetime sales of the Wii U at 13.56 million units.
Nintendo sold 0 Wii U’s in the last 3 months.
In other words, 13.56 million is the final lifetime to date sales for Wii U.
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) April 27, 2017
Nintendo hopes to sell 10 million Nintendo Switch units during the current fiscal year.