Nintendo has had a pretty successful run with the Switch so far, with the console having broken a number of records for the Black Friday season. The hybrid has also beat some of the company's less successful products, such as the GameCube, in terms of lifetime sales, despite only being on the market for less than two years.
Today, a press release from Nintendo reaffirms the success of the Switch, saying that it's the fastest-selling video game system of the current generation in the United States. This means that, at the same point in their lifetime, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hadn't sold as many units as Nintendo's hybrid has.
This success is further emphasized that both competitors were released closer to the holiday season, meaning that at this point in their lifecycle, they had gone through two Christmas periods. Meanwhile, the Switch is just now entering its second holiday season.
Switch games are also performing fairly well, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling 5 million units so far, Super Mario Odyssey surpassing 4.7 million units sold, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild selling over 4 million. Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! have also sold more than two million copies collectively since their release a month ago.
But the most notable game for the Switch this year is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In the U.S. The title has sold over 3 million copies in 11 days, making it the fastest-selling game ever in the franchise, but also the fastest-selling Switch title. Meanwhile, in Europe, the company is touting it as the fastest selling game the company has ever released on any Nintendo console:
It's clear that Nintendo has managed to turn things around since the dark days of the Wii U, but it will be interesting to see if the Switch manages to keep its momentum in the coming months and years. The holiday season isn't over yet, either, so these numbers are still likely to go up significantly in the next few days.