There has been a lot of uncertainty leading up to the retail launch of Nintendo's hybrid Switch console, a game system built for both living room gaming and mobile game play. Would the market be receptive to such a dual purpose device, especially since it doesn't have the hardware chops of the Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 Pro? Apparently the answer is a resounding "yes," at least if going by opening weekend sales.
In a series of Twitter posts, New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield shared some inside information obtained during an interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, president and CEO of Nintendo of America. The big reveal is that combined sales of the Switch on Friday and Saturday were the highest ever for a Nintendo console during the first two days of availability, besting even the Wii, the previous record holder.
2. Fri-Sat sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo history. Next biggest was Wii.— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) March 6, 2017
Of course, what is a console without the games? To that end, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has skipped ahead of Super Mario for the Nintendo 64 as the best selling standalone launch title in Nintendo's history (not including bundled games such as Wii Sports). That is not too surprising, given the universal high praise the title has been garnering around the web.
What makes all this even more interesting is that there have been some hiccups associated with the Switch. There are widespread complaints of connection problems with the Switch's Joy-Con controllers, for one. And for two, those experiencing dead or stuck pixels are being told by Nintendo to ignore the problem, as such anomalies are inherent to LCD technology.
Nevertheless, the Switch is off to a fast start. We'll have to wait and see if it continues to sell well throughout the year. Looking slightly ahead, Nintendo expects to ship 2 million Switch consoles to stores globally next month.