The NPD Group’s March report on video game hardware sales is in, and Nintendo’s the winner.
The company’s newly launched Switch beat out both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in overall sales for the month. The PS4 claimed second place, leaving the Xbox One in third. The NPD report doesn’t provide exact sales number for any console, and while Microsoft and Sony have so far declined to provide specifics, Nintendo stepped in to provide its own sales figures for the Switch.
According to Nintendo, the Switch sold 906,000 units in the United States alone in the first 28 days after its launch, making it the fastest-selling system in that region in the company’s history. Nearly half a million more units sold in Japan, though numbers from Europe haven’t yet arrived to provide a final worldwide total.
“While Nintendo Switch sales are off to a record-breaking start, shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand,” Nintendo wrote in a press release. “Nintendo is working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped.”
Astonishingly, Nintendo has sold more copies of the Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild than it’s sold Switch units. The game sold 1.3 million copies in total, with 925,000 of those being the Switch version of the game. That means that 19,000 copies of the game have been sold without the console to play them on.
While some of those 19,000 copies of Breath of the Wild were likely doubles, Collector’s Editions, or extras bought per household, at least a few of them are bound to be purchases by players who haven’t yet managed to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch. Let’s have a moment of silence for our Switch-less brethren, and hope that the high sales encourage Nintendo to get more units on the shelves for high sales continuing into April.