Nintendo has long been onto a winner with the Switch, and now the numbers are backing up the hype. Nintendo has revealed the Nintendo Switch is now the fastest-selling home console in history in the US, reaching 4.8 million consoles sold within just 10 months.
The previous peak was Nintendo’s own Wii, which enjoyed stratospheric demand and became comfortably the best selling 7th-gen console in the world, eclipsing both the PS3 and Xbox 360 by 20 million units. In the same 10-month timeframe the Wii shifted four million units.
“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favourite games at home or on the go,” said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.
“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.”
In terms of the bestselling games, Nintendo’s own first-party titles remain, unsurprisingly, totally dominant. 60% of US Switch owners also have a copy of Super Mario Odyssey, which is a frankly insane attach rate the likes of which we rarely see. 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild while 50% have the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remaster.
Looking forward, Nintendo has said continued support is inbound from numerous third-party publishers, including EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, Sega, Take 2 and Bethesda.