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


Jason Clement

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?

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