After just two days of being out on the market, Nintendo proclaimed that the Switch was the fastest selling console in the firm's history. Unsurprisingly, the firm also stated that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the best-selling standalone launch title in Nintendo's history, eclipsing the previous title holder, Super Mario 64. Nearly a month after its release, we are finally getting some hard numbers to see just how well the console and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild performed.
According to NPD Group, the Nintendo Switch sold more than 906,000 units in March in the United States. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold an impressive 1.3 million units total, with 925,000 of those units being sold for Switch. The remainder of the 1.3 million were sold for the Wii U, which racked up 460,000 units. Perhaps what makes this even more impressive is that the feats above were accomplished during a month when sales traditionally aren't that strong and that more copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Switch were sold than the console itself. Nintendo hypothesized that this may have been due to gamers buying the title before console supplies caught up or that others bought the limited edition version as a collectible in addition to the standard version to play.
Although Nintendo was able to pull off a staggering success for the month of March, it'll be important to see how well the firm navigates these next few months since it will not have a powerhouse title like Breath of the Wild to push sales. There is still also the issue of availability of the console itself, which will hopefully be remedied soon.