Switch Console Sets Record Launch Sales for Nintendo, Says NPD

The company's also moving forward with announcing new features for the console, which we're likely to hear about in a couple months' time at E3 2017.

The Nintendo Switch game version sold 925,000 copies, while nearly 460,000 have been shipped so far on The Wii U. Nintendo first approach HackerOne in December 2016 to launch a bug bounty program for the 3DS, its popular handheld gaming system, and now one exists for its recently launched Switch console.

Sales of "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" on the Switch topped 925,000, actually outstripping sales for the new console. It makes Breath of the Wild both the all-time fastest-selling Nintendo launch game, as well as the fastest selling game ever in the series. The Nintendo Switch sold 906,000 SKUs in North America, while the remaining stock of their 2 million SKU supply was split between Japan, Europe and Australia.

The Switch, Nintendo's newest hybrid console released March 3, has become the company's fastest-selling video game console in its history, as informed by just-released sales figures by NPD, an industry-tracking firm.

To put the Switch in comparison to the Wii U, that console sold roughly 890k units in the USA after 41 days on the market.

Even more impressive was the enormous launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can bet the same will be true of the Switch in the not-too-distant future. That was during the holiday season, of course-the Wii U came out in November of 2012-which makes the Switch's numbers look even more impressive.

"Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different", Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime enthused.

Despite Xbox One coming in last in the console sales department, there are certainly big things on the horizon for the console.

The other explanation is that many got their hands on the game first before picking up the console.

With more games set to arrive soon, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2, there should be plenty of similarly prosperous months for the company ahead, so stay tuned for more.

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