Report: Nintendo Switch Sells 330,637 Units in Japan in its First Week [UPDATED]

Nintendo Switch launched last week, and today we get the first sales figures from Japan.

on March 7, 2017 2:10 AM

While it isn’t Wednesday yet, sales data from last week in Japan is starting to filter in. Famitsu released the first numbers, placing first week Nintendo Switch sales at 330,637 units.

This places the console, using figures also from Famitsu as a term of comparison, behind the Wii (which sold 371,900 units in its debut week), slightly ahead of the PS4 (322,100), and quite nicely ahead of the Wii U (308,600).

On top of that, we also hear 193,060 copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild have been sold at retail.

The most recent term of comparison is PS4,┬áthat slowed down immediately after release due to a line-up that Japanese gamers considered weak due to the relative lack of locally-developed games, and only picked up after a price drop and the release of more Japanese games. It’ll be interesting to see if Switch will follow the same trend or will have a longer tail thanks to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild and possibly Dragon Quest Heroes I-II.

On Wednesday. we’ll also get numbers from Media Create, and you can expect a degree of variability, as Famitsu figures never completely match Media Create ones.

Updated: strangely, despite the usual reliability of the source, the initial numbers reported in this article were slightly off. They have now been corrected with the correct estimate directly from Famitsu.

 /  Executive News Editor
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