The Nintendo Switch has broken all records to become the fastest-selling console in Nintendo history—and yes, that means it beat even the mega-popular Wii.
Word comes from Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, who told The New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield that the March 3rd and March 4th sales of the console in America surpassed the first two-day sales of every other Nintendo console. According to Eurogamer, the same records are being broken in Europe. Finally, by Famitsu‘s reckoning, Switch sales numbers in Japan are behind the Wii but well ahead of the Wii U.
2. Fri-Sat sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo history. Next biggest was Wii.
— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
On top of that, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become the best-selling standalone launch title for a Nintendo platform ever. That record is pretty specific, but it necessarily places games like Breath of the Wild and Super Mario 64 in a separate category than the behemoth that is Wii Sports (which came automatically bundled with the Wii).
Of course, it’s important to take other factors into account when looking at the Switch’s success so far. Wii sales suffered from severely limited stock during that console’s first week, and though the Switch is also sold out at many retailers, it’s not clear yet how much limited stock will affect long-term sales. On the other hand, the Wii launched in November and benefitted from the holiday rush, while the Switch has an unusual March launch.
We’ll have to wait and see how Switch sales hold up long-term as stock evens out and word of mouth spreads. One thing’s for certain, though—this launch has the Wii U’s launch beat hands-down.