For the past month, we’ve been hearing about the great success that the Nintendo Switch enjoyed in its first days on the market; however, until now, we had no official sales numbers to confirm that the system had managed to sell well. Over the past few days, though, Nintendo finally released the first official sales numbers for the Switch, and they’re extremely impressive. In March, the console sold around 906,000 units in the United States alone, making it one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time and the best-selling console overall in that month.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Switch’s flagship launch title, sold around 1.3 million copies in the United States in the same time frame, with 925,000 copies sold on Nintendo Switch and 460,000 on Wii U. This means that Nintendo has somehow managed to sell more copies of Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch than actual Nintendo Switch consoles; the game had an attach rate of more than 100%.
The most likely explanation, of course, is that many people bought multiple copies of Breath of the Wild—perhaps a limited edition to collect or resell, and a regular copy to play—and that this is inflating the sales numbers significantly. Because there have been many shortages of Nintendo Switch consoles worldwide, it’s also possible that many fans weren’t able to purchase a Nintendo Switch on time, but still bought a copy of Breath of the Wild preemptively. Regardless of the reason, though, it’s pretty remarkable that there are more copies of Breath of the Wild out there than there are actual consoles to play them.
Putting all that aside, with 1.3 million copies sold in the US in a single month, Breath of the Wild is officially the fastest-selling Zelda game ever. Similarly, the Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling Nintendo console in history.
What do you guys think? Were you expecting to see Breath of the Wild perform so well? Have you ever heard of a game outselling the very platform that it was released on? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Nintendo PR (via Nintendo Everything)