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Switch launch is Nintendo's biggest yet, even above Wii's

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The launch of Nintendo's Switch seems to have gotten off to a great start so far, with the first two day's sales already indicating that this is the Japanese company's biggest launch yet for one of their consoles. Surprisingly, the numbers are said to be above even the Wii's launch.

Additionally, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils Aime has stated that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now the best-selling launch game, taking the title from previous holder Super Mario 64.

However, while it's a good early indicator, the news doesn't necessarily guarantee the console's long-term success at this point. It's worth pointing out that the Wii U sold respectably at its launch as well before falling off a cliff in sales a month or two later. We'll have to wait and see how the Switch performs in weeks ahead to really get a good idea of its long-term momentum.

Though Nintendo has a smash hit with Breath of the Wild, Switch has a few hurdles that could potentially prove detrimental to that momentum early on, including a small launch lineup, no virtual console (yet), and a number of users that are reporting issues with the left Joy-Con controller. However, a poll conducted by GamesRadar indicates that it may only be affecting a number of owners -- out of 2,700 people polled, 10% are reporting issues with the left Joy-Con, while an additional 11% indicated they were experiencing other issues.

Most console launches have a subset of early adopters that run into issues with their hardware, so we'll have to wait and see how Nintendo addresses the problems and whether they continue to be a problem. In the meantime, things are looking positive for sales in the short term.

Source: IGN

Are you surprised that Switch now holds the best-selling two-day sales numbers of all Nintendo's consoles?


4 Comments

If they'd said it outsold the WiiU at launch I wouldn't have batted an eye, but the Wii? That's crazy, especially since (here it comes) the Switch launched with so few noteworthy titles. Then again it's not like the Wii had any really great launch titles either (the most notable one was a Zelda game...go figure), but it still sold like hotcakes just for being something different, so I guess the same thing could have happened here. Either way though, Nintendo is gonna need to keep some tricks up its sleeve to keep this from going the same way as the WiiU, so hopefully they have something big planned for the shows like E3 this year. I mean, they've already announced some really promising 2017 titles, but going above and beyond that is what's going to keep the Switch on the map the whole year instead of just when another big release comes out.

I know it is early to call it but I'm pretty sure the Switch has put Nintendo back in the gaming race. I really never considered them out of the race since you know people always buy Nintendo games because of classics like Mario and Zelda. But I think this just puts Nintendo back as a gaming company for more than just your family/kids gamer. I don't know if they will become the number one selling console and over take Sony, but I got a feeling the Switch is here to stay and it will have some long term success for Nintendo.

I don't have high hopes of the Switch getting Nintendo back in the console race. They just can't seem to learn that gimmicks can't save them. The reason Wii U didn't do very well is because it was a nightmare for developers to work with so they avoided it. The Switch is another gimmick console and will probably suffer similar issues as Wii U did. I had zero interest in Switch when they showed it off aside from some games. Realistically most people wont even use the gimmick features.

I don't have high hopes of the Switch getting Nintendo back in the console race. They just can't seem to learn that gimmicks can't save them. The reason Wii U didn't do very well is because it was a nightmare for developers to work with so they avoided it. The Switch is another gimmick console and will probably suffer similar issues as Wii U did. I had zero interest in Switch when they showed it off aside from some games. Realistically most people wont even use the gimmick features.

 

Yea, it is another gimmick. But I think the hype is real. Yea and I agree most people won't make use of the portability of the console. But I don't see how this will be a nightmare for developers. The portable feature shouldn't really change much for developers.

 

 

 

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