News – Nintendo Switch Becomes Fastest Selling Console This Gen in the US, Smash Sells 3 Million
The Nintendo Switch has officially become the fastest selling console this generation in the United States, beating both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
Data from the NPD Group confirmed today that since the console’s launch in March 2017, through to the end November 2018, more than 8.7 million units have been solid in the US alone. That’s 13,658 each and every day in a single country, or 569 per hour.
In addition to this, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has proven nothing less than a phenomenon for Nintendo. Super Smash Bros ultimate has become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time and the fastest-selling yet in the Smash series. US sales topped 3 million in 11 days, while 1.3m copies were sold in the first three days in Japan.
Meanwhile in Europe, Super Smash Bros Ultimate became the fastest-selling Nintendo home console game of all time. Nintendo had to be specific there because if handhelds were included, several Pokemon games would be topping the charts.
“We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser (Yes, really), Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond.”
I don’t know how Nintendo does it but it always manages to somehow clamber out of whatever hole it digs for itself. The Wii U was a horrible misfire and yet here we are, 21 months into the Switch’s lifespan, and Nintendo’s new console is outselling the PS4’s first 21 months. Fair play, although we’re eager to see how this momentum carries through into 2019.