Nintendo has announced that its new Switch console sold 2.74 million worldwide in less than its first month on sale.
Announcing the figures in its year-end earnings release, Nintendo called it a “promising start” for the console. With Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima originally expecting to ship 2 million units of the console in the first month, the Switch is actually outperforming its projections by a considerable margin.
Nintendo also revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — easily the console’s best game — has sold 2.76 million copies, which means that Zelda has sold 20,000 more units than there are Switches on the market. The company did not reveal sales figures for another launch game, 1-2 Switch, saying only that it has been “generating buzz.”
Nintendo expects to sell 10 million Switch units over the next year, accompanied by 35 million in software sales. If these projections hold out, it would mean that the Switch would come close to outselling the Wii U’s 13.56 million lifetime sales in just a year’s time.
Speaking of the Wii U, that console did not fare so well, selling just 760,000 units over the year as it ceased production, alongside software sales of 14.8 million units. Breath of the Wild for the Wii U has sold a respectable 1.08 million units so far, bringing its total to 3.84 million across all platforms.
As for the 3DS, it managed to hold strong, with hardware sales actually growing 7% year-on-year at 7.27 million units sold. Software sales were even better, hitting 55.08 million units, representing a 14% rise over the previous year.
Nintendo’s dive into mobile gaming has also proved lucrative, earning the company approximately $218 million USD, four times what that division made in the previous financial year.