Nintendo Switch Is Fastest-Selling Console In US History

The Nintendo Switch blends traditional console gaming with the on-the-go functionality of a tablet.
The Nintendo Switch blends traditional console gaming with the on-the-go functionality of a tablet. Nintendo

The Nintendo Switch has been a great seller, and now Nintendo has announced the Switch has become the fastest-selling home video game system in U.S. history.

According to Nintendo’s internal sales figures, the Switch sold more than 4.8 million units in the U.S. since its release in March 2017. The original record-holder was the Wii, which sold more than 4 million units in its first 10 months.

“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO in a press release. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”

In the beginning of December 2017, Nintendo announced it has sold 10 million units of the Switch worldwide and look to sell even more in the new year. The company attributed the strong sales to stellar first-party games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, both contenders for Game of the Year at the Game Awards.

What's more Nintendo’s push for greater third-party support looks to be taking shape as titles that were missing from Nintendo’s library in the past, like LA Noire, Skyrim and Doom, have all made the jump to the Switch.

The hybrid console even began to see same-day (or close to it) releases of some big-name yearly releases, like the FIFA and WWE 2K franchises. The company looks to continue this momentum into 2018. The Switch will see more high-profile first-party games like Bayonetta 3 and possibly Metroid Prime 4 this year. A new Pokémon game for the console is also in the works. Third-party games like Mega Man 11 have also been already confirmed for the Switch in 2018, with even more games yet to be announced.

Are you surprised the Nintendo Switch became the fastest-selling console in U.S. history? Do you think its momentum will continue in 2018? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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