Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii Console at Launch

By: Connor Murphy | March 8th, 2017

If anyone doubted the Nintendo Switch’s ability to sell, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has news for them. The latest console’s first two-day sales beat out any system released by Nintendo in North America, with the Wii as a runner-up. Nick Wingfield of the New York Times recently had a chat with Fils-Aime and relayed the conversation in a string of tweets. The first-week success of the Switch also took home another title in its wake.

Breath of the Wild, the latest installment in the Legend of Zelda franchise, took the cake for best standalone launch title released in Nintendo history. Such a release tops that of Super Mario 64, a game in a situation similar to Zelda for Switch, according to Wingfield. While the numbers have yet to be seen in full, President Fils-Aime seems confident in its accomplishments thus far.

Ample promotion and hype-building for the Switch left expectations high and Breath of the Wild has impressed many through its open-world approach to the beloved franchise. In the coming months we’ll get a better idea of how this new console and idea stack up to the legendary long-term sales of Nintendo Wii, which sold 100 million in its lifespan.


Source: Nick Wingfield on Twitter