We've heard that the Nintendo Switch and its biggest game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, have been selling remarkably well. As Reggie Fils-Aime claimed last week, the Switch enjoyed the best launch of any Nintendo console in history, and Breath of the Wild had the best initial sales of any standalone launch title Nintendo's ever released. However, despite all the records that the Switch has been breaking, we still haven't heard any official sales numbers for the console. Recently, a research firm named SuperData released an official estimate of the system's sales so far, giving us the first trustworthy sales numbers for the Switch's first few days on the market.
Using data from several sources, including market research company GfK and Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, SuperData estimates that the Nintendo Switch sold around 1.5 million units worldwide in its first week. About 500,000 units were sold in the United States, 360,000 in Japan, 85,000 in the UK, and 110,000 in France. Although it's not a perfect comparison, this means that the Nintendo Switch is slightly under-performing when compared to the PlayStation 4, but it is selling better than the PlayStation 2 did in its first week or so on the market.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is estimated to have sold about 1.34 million copies on Nintendo Switch, which means that about 89% of Switch owners have bought the game. These numbers do not include sales of Breath of the Wild on Wii U.
Of course, these numbers are just estimates; it'll likely be some time before we have some concrete sales numbers for the Switch. However, we do feel confident reporting on these numbers, as they are based on hard data and are expected to be pretty accurate.
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