According to Nintendo’s recent financial report, the Nintendo Switch has sold 2.74 million units in its first month of sale. In comparison to the Wii, the current champion of console sales, which sold 3.19 million units worldwide in its first nine months. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima states that this is a very promising start for the Switch, as they had originally predicted only 2 million units.
In addition, that disproportionate number of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild units sold, at 20,000 more than Switch’s sold. Though no explanation was provided by Nintendo this time, they have stated in the past that this is likely due to those customers that bought a copy of Breath of the Wild before buying the Switch. Especially with the current limited supplies, these seems quite logical.
Despite showing the sales numbers for most everything else, Nintendo left out the number for 1-2 Switch. The report mentioned nothing more than the game “generating buzz” for the console. It is probably safe to suspect that this is because report is supposed to woo future investors, and the 1-2 Switch is not Nintendo’s best work.
As an aside, the 3DS still had a fairly good year, selling 7.27 million units. Though this is an increase, we’ll see how well it fairs as time passes and the Switch sells more and more. Despite makes it clear that they won’t be pulling the plug on the 3DS, it will be interesting to see how they handle marketing between the Switch and the 3DS. That is, if they actually keep their word and don’t proceed to ignore the console.