Nintendo Switch Has Sold 1.5 Million Systems Worldwide, According to SuperData

The marketing research firm gives us unofficial worldwide sales numbers for the Nintendo Switch.

News by Mike Williams, .

Nintendo's latest console, the Nintendo Switch, has sold 1.5 million systems worldwide if SuperData is to be believed. The news comes via GamesIndustry who noted that SuperData parsed sales data from Famitsu and GfK, taking educated guesses at other regions and sales since then. These numbers cover sell-through, meaning systems actually sold to consumers, not merely shipped to retail.

In SuperData's estimates, 500,000 Switches were sold in the US and 360,000 were sold in Japan. They believe that Europe "isn't far behind" those two regions, with 85,000 units sold in the UK and 110,000 sold in France.

SuperData also surmises that 89 percent of all those Switch owners bought The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild alongside the system.

Nintendo's official stated benchmark is to have 2 million Switches shipped to retailers by the end of the current fiscal year, which is coming on March 31, 2017. If these numbers are correct, then the company is clearly on the way to meeting that goal. Now the system has to maintain that momentum and not repeat the strong sales drop-off of the Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Avatar for riderkicker #1 riderkicker A year ago
    I still have not seen a system in person.
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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #2 SuperShinobi A year ago
    Drop-off is coming, but it may not be as steep as in the 3DS's case. MK8 Deluxe is coming soon and Splatoon 2 and Xenoblade 2 will follow after that. In contrast, the 3DS had a severe post-launch games drought that lasted all the way until the holiday season.

    On the other hand, the 3DS sold 3,6M units in its first month alone, so it was a much bigger launch with more hype and greater expectations. Still, even if the Switch does half the numbers that the 3DS did, it would be very profitable and considered a success for Nintendo.Edited March 2017 by SuperShinobi
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  • Avatar for Patrick-C #3 Patrick-C A year ago
    That's an impressive-sounding debut, but then there was never really a question that the sales at launch would be strong. The Wii U moved 3 million units in its first month. (To be fair to the Switch, it had the benefit of releasing during the holidays.)

    It's all about whether Nintendo can keep up the momentum and win over the unconvinced. We'll see! Assuming nothing is delayed, there's a good steady slate of releases for the next few months. E3 will probably be key.
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  • Avatar for Modern-Clix #4 Modern-Clix A year ago
    @SuperShinobi But this is the internet, so unless it sells 90-100 million, GAF will deem it a failure and they should bow their head in shame.
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  • Avatar for RoninChaos #5 RoninChaos A year ago
    How many of those were bought by scalpers that are choking ebay right now?
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  • Avatar for moroboshi #6 moroboshi A year ago
    The release schedule looks positively anaemic for the rest of the year, with third parties barely visible.

    This has failure written all over it, which is really too bad.
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  • Avatar for brionfoulke91 #7 brionfoulke91 A year ago
    Sounds good so far. I really hope it doesn't drop off too much, I want the system to do well. We need to keep Nintendo around.
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