The new Nintendo Switch game console is displayed at a pop-up Nintendo venue in Madison Square Park, March 3, 2017 in New York City. But it's still too early to tell whether the Switch will be a blockbuster on the scale of the original Wii, which sold more than 100 million units.
Have you been able to pick up a Nintendo Switch yet?
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Even more impressive was the big launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
This has created the odd situation where there have been more copies of that game sold than there are consoles to play it on.
Nintendo Switch, the new home gaming system that people can also take on the go, has sold faster in its launch month than any other video game system in Nintendo history. Roughly 460,000 copies of the Wii U version of the game were sold in March, and the Switch version sold an estimated 925,000 units.
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Both the Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild broke internal sales records during their release month this past March. Breath of the Wild sold half that number (albeit in two consoles) in a fraction of the time. Granted there is a difference between shipped and sold, but hopefully Nintendo will add some clarity to the issue when it holds its quarterly financial meeting later this month.
Breath of the Wild's reported sales success doesn't come completely out of the blue.
I'm so glad Nintendo chose to take a risk and truly shake up the Zelda formula for what simultaneously feels like a return to the freedom and exploration of the first game in the series-not entirely coincidentally-and something very new, and I bet they're pretty happy with the decision, too. No real details were provided on whether or not the Switch version will differ in any way or provide local multiplayer support with multiple Switch units - but you'd hope that was on the cards.
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