Nintendo Switch has sold 2.74 million units worldwide in March, early success that has been echoed in the console becoming the fastest-selling system in Nintendo’s history.
That promising start has outpaced Nintendo’s own forecast, which had seen the company estimate that they would sell 2 million consoles in the first month. The company also reported that software sales had reached 5.46 million copies worldwide.
Unsurprisingly, it was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that largely claimed the lion’s share of that number. That saw Link’s open-air adventure win “immense popularity,” selling 2.76 million copies on Nintendo Switch. It also sold 1.08 million copies on Wii U, to record sales at 3.84 million copies in total.
How 1-2-Switch performed was not disclosed, but Nintendo added that the party game had been “generating buzz.”
Nintendo 3DS hardware sold 7.27 million units worldwide, a 7 percent increase year-on-year that was driven by Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon which has now sold 15.44 million copies sold. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS has sold 2.34 million copies worldwide and Kirby Planet Robobot has sold 1.36 million copies. That saw Nintendo 3DS software sales at 55.08 million copies, whcih is a 14 percent increase year-on-year.
As can be expected, Wii U started a dramatic decline. Hardware sales saw 760,000 units sold worldwide, a 77 percent decrease year-on-year, and software hit 14.8 million copies, a 46 percent decrease year-on-year.
amiibo sales “restored some momentum” in response to more functionality appearing in new games, with 9.1 million amiibo figures and 9.3 million amiibo cards sold worldwide.