Nintendo Switch Global Sales Reportedly Top 1.5 Million Units Just Two Weeks After Launch

Nintendo had set an ambitious goal of selling 2 million hybrid Switch consoles by the end of March, and it is looking like it will get there with ease. Having launched just two weeks ago, unofficial data suggests Nintendo has already sold 1.5 million Switch consoles, including 500,000 units in the United States and 360,000 in Japan. It's said that Europe is not that far behind—another 85,000 units have been sold in the U.K. and 110,000 in France.

Those figures are based on tracking data from SuperData. They are largely attached to the first week of sales, so the actual number will be even higher now. In addition, SuperData tracks sales based on sell through, meaning the number of the consoles that were actually bought by consumers, whereas Nintendo often lists in its financial reports how many units it sold to retailers. Based on that method of accounting, Nintendo might have already reached its goal of 2 million units.

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While none of these figures are official, it is no secret that the Switch is selling extremely well. It was recently reported that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the first two days of sales for the Switch exceeded that of any other console in the company's history, even the hugely popular Wii, which was the previous record holder. That indicates a high level of excitement over the Switch's hybrid design.

It should come as no surprise that nearly 9 out of 10 Switch owners (89 percent) have picked up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That amounts to 1.34 million copies sold, and it is undoubtedly help drive Switch sales. The game has been garnering extremely high praise from around the web, with some proclaiming it to be one of the greatest games of all time.

While it is far too early to issue a verdict, it would appear the Switch is a success. The fast start is a good sign, and there are some upcoming titles that should help keep the momentum going. One of them is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which releases on April 28, 2017.