As you may know, the Nintendo Switch launched this past Friday, March 3rd, and today, Nintendo revealed it’s been a hot start for the new system. According to The New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that the initial first two days of sales in the Americas have exceeded the first two-day sales in the region of any of the company’s previous systems.
Shortly after this news broke, Nintendo of Europe announced that the Switch had sold more in its launch weekend in Europe than any previous Nintendo system. In both regions, the next closet system was the Wii, which went on to become a massive hit and a bit of an anomaly, selling more than 100 million systems worldwide.
It has also been confirmed — for both regions, that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best-selling standalone Nintendo launch title, beating the previous record holder Super Mario 64. It did not surpass Wii Sports, but Wii Sports was bundled with the Wii, so this is no surprise.
Nintendo pointed out that the Switch’s opening weekend success has been achieved during a traditionally quiet time for the industry.
The Switch sold 330,637 copies in its opening weekend in Japan, which is notably behind the Wii, but ahead of the PS4 and considerably ahead of the Wii U. Meanwhile, the system doubled its opening weekend compared to the Wii U in the UK.