The Nintendo Switch is no secret anymore; in fact, the console is selling so well that Nintendo has upped their sales projections for the year. Even more so, the hybrid-console can now be deemed the, “…fastest-selling home video game system in U.S. history,” according to President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé in a Thursday morning news release.
He went on to announce that the company has shipped 4.8 million units over 10 months, putting it squarely ahead of the previous record-holder’s 4.0 million units. The console in question? The Nintendo Wii, which launched in 2006. The record-breaking sales of the Switch can be partially attributed to, according to Nintendo’s internal sales data, the 60% ownership rate of Super Mario Odyssey, and the 55% ownership rate of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Those games are also some of the best-rated games of all-time. However, the console also boasts a diverse catalog of games now, that are being constantly released, featuring titles such as SteamWorld Dig 2, Splatoon 2, Doom, Skyrim, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, ARMS, Rocket League, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, to name but a few.
At this point, the future seems bright for Nintendo, and we can only hope they continue the momentum in 2018. With games like Bayonetta 3, a stand-alone Yoshi title, a new Kirby game, and more to come, this doesn’t seem too likely of an issue. Hopefully more information about upcoming titles is revealed in the next Nintendo Direct, hopefully coming within the next week.
“Looking ahead, our goal is to continue the momentum, and to bring more and more fans into the Nintendo Switch environment,” Reggie Fils-Aimé stated at the end of the report. We can only hope that this is the case, as 2017 might’ve been one of Nintendo’s best-performing years in their history as a video game company.
Caleb has been a gamer and Nintendo fan since picking up Pokémon Red for his Game Boy back in 1998, at the wee age of 4. He’s an avid Pokémon TCG collector, and is currently enjoying Breath of the Wild on Switch, along with PUBG on Xbox. He’s a fan of the outdoors when not writing, while also being an avid runner and world traveler. Give him a shout if you’re a fan of Arsenal FC.
Plays: Switch, 3DS, Xbox One, Pokémon TCG, and Various Board Games.