The Nintendo Switch has had a fantastic first year, and it’s just broken a major record. Following a surge of holiday sales, Nintendo’s latest console is now the fastest-selling home video game system of all time in the United States.
Nintendo revealed the facts and figures in a press release. By Nintendo’s count, the Switch has sold 4.8 million units in the United States alone over the last 10 months, which is more than any other home system has sold in that same time period. That includes the Wii, which held the previous record with 4 million units sold.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 4, 2018
Part of this success is fueled by Nintendo’s games. According to Nintendo’s report, over 60 percent of Switch owners own Super Mario Odyssey, while over 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, despite being an enhanced port of a Wii U game, has also achieved wild popularity, with more than 50 percent of Switch owners buying the game.
“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé said in the press release. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”
While Nintendo hasn’t made any official announcements, fans suspect that the company may hold another Nintendo Direct soon. Amazon recently listed and pulled several upcoming Switch titles from its site, and we’ve received a hint of one specific Legend of Zelda announcement that may be part of the event. Hopefully these are indicators of many more future Switch games in the works.
Source: Nintendo Press Release