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Switch and The Legend of Zelda: BotW make video game history

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WIld
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WIld

According to the report for the sales in the US, Switch is the fastest selling console in Nintendo history. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild got the title of "the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time".

Nintendo Switch launched a little over a month ago and it took the world by storm. Even though most consoles and their games see the light of day sometime around the Holiday season, Nintendo chose the more quiet month of March to release the Switch.

As the market is overly saturated during the Holiday season anyway, Nintendo waited for people's wallets to regain their strength before striking in the calm days when nothing much happened and everyone was kind of just waiting for the spring. And sprung they have - for a new console that is.

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The US numbers are in, and oh my gosh, are they up there. Nintendo Switch has sold faster in its launch month than any "other video game system in Nintendo history". Continuing with the superlatives, Switch's sale numbers for the United States also make it "one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time". All that in a month not usually linked to any notable console launches.

On to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which managed to sell 1.3 million units. That's total for Switch and Wii U. The Switch version was purchased 925,000 times.

Compare that with the number of the consoles sold and you have a conundrum. Switch, the console, sold 906,000 units in the same month, putting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild attach rate north of 100 percent. How, oh how? The people who wrote the report think it's because some customers bought the Limited edition to keep in their collection, and then they bought a second cartridge to play.

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This made The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild "the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series."

Be that as it may, Switch shipments have yet to catch up with the demand and "Nintendo is working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped".

With games like Mario Kart deluxe 8 and Splatoon 2 coming for the console this month, the interest for the Switch is not about to dwindle any time soon.

A full, worldwide sales report is due on 27 April, and you can read the one for the US right here.

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