Nintendo Switch Now Fastest-Selling Console This Generation in US

The Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game console in the US for this current generation, NPD has today reported, with the console selling a combined total of 8.7 million units since launch — accounting for more than a third of its current worldwide total of around 23 million units. Despite the system’s fairly quieter second year following the stellar line-up of games right through 2017, the release of Pokemon: Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate towards the tail end of 2018, helped Nintendo to their highest sell-through of hardware since 2011. Even Super Mario Party managed to get in on the action, with more than 1.4 million copies sold in the US thus far.

First-party launch-titles in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also sold extremely well in the US, with four million and five million units respectively — Super Mario Odyssey neared five million copies sold. Sales on Nintendo’s eShop too more than doubled in 2018 compared to the same period twelve months prior. And this of course, is on top of the other news released today that Super Smash Bros Ultimate has already sold three million since it launched earlier this month.