Nintendo Switch managed to surpass sales numbers Wii U had at launch. Compared to the previous console the Switch sold around 80,000 units in the UK during its opening weekend, double the amount of sales the Wii U had in the UK during its opening weekend.
Reggie Fils-Aimé didn’t reveal the actual numbers of units sold, be he said to the New Your Times that the Switch managed to garner better sales numbers in the Americas than the Wii, which is one of the best-selling consoles ever.
The new console performed quite well in the Europe too – Nintendo spokesperson stated that the sales numbers of the new system are a record for any Nintendo hardware to date.
Industry analysts predict that the Switch will ship between 4.4 and 10 million units before the end of the year. The most popular launch title for the new system is definitely Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which entered the UK charts at number two, just below the latest PS4 AAA exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Despite the strong sales, the Switch is still far from being a proper challenger for the Xbox One and the PS4, but in the future things could change. Still, the console didn’t manage to surpass the opening weekend sales of the Xbox One (150,000 units), PS4 (250,000) or the 3DS (113,000), at least in the UK.
Nevertheless, one store told GI.biz that “Nintendo is back.” Further, David Cole, from DFC Intelligence praised the Switch, stating that “The Switch is a compelling piece of hardware that could potentially reach a much larger addressable market.”