Breath of the Wild on Switch has sold 20,000 more units than the Switch itself.
Nintendo has announced that its new Switch console sold 2.74 million units worldwide in less than its first month on sale.
Nintendo announced the figure in its year-end earnings release, which it calls a “promising start” for the console. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima originally expected to ship 2 million units of the console in its first month.
It also revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Switch has sold 2.76 million copies – meaning 20,000 more units of Zelda have been sold than there are Switches in the wild.
Perhaps tellingly, Nintendo also pointed out launch game 1-2 Switch, saying that it was “generating buzz”, but did not reveal sales figures.
Nintendo expects to sell 10 million units of Switch hardware in the next year, alongside 35 million software sales. If that came to pass, the Switch would come close to outselling the Wii U’s 13.56 million lifetime sales in just over a year.
The Wii U itself has not fared well, selling just 760,000 units as it ceased production, alongside software sales of 14.8 million units. As for Zelda on Wii U, the game has so far sold 1.08 million units – bringing it up to 3.84 million units across all platforms.
It’s been a good year for 3DS, however, as sales of hardware grew 7% year-on-year, shifting 7.27 million units, while software sales hit 55.08 million units (a 14% rise on last year).
The company’s foray into smart device games also appears to be paying off, making just shy of ¥24.25 billion (approximately $218 million USD / £160 million) – well over four times as much as it made in the last financial year.
Switch’s success has made it pretty hard to find one for a little while now, but fear not! GameStop will have new stock this week.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he just gave his Switch a little ‘well done’ pat. Follow him on Twitter.
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BY JOE SKREBELS