Nintendo is celebrating another milestone for the company’s Nintendo Switch, which has become the fastest-selling home video game system in U.S. history. The popular, and very portable, console launched back on March 3, 2017, and in 10 months has sold more than 4.8 million units in the United States. This according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures. If you’re keeping track, that’s the highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in U.S. history, surpassing Nintendo’s own Wii system, which was the previous record holder with more than 4 million units sold during the same time-frame.
Games have been at the heart of Nintendo’s success, her in the United States more than 60% of Nintendo Switch owners have Super Mario Odyssey, and over 55% own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The games are only available on the Nintendo Switch, and are two of the highest-rated games in history. Nintendo Switch owners also possess the fun, competitive games Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 at rates of more than 50% and 20%, respectively.
While it was very hard to find a Nintendo Switch online at launch, you can grab one pretty easily at sites like Amazon.com starting at $299.
Nintendo has also become a home for third-party developers, and more than 300 games have been created by third-party developers since the launch of the Nintendo Switch. These include big-name brands like FIFA 18 from Electronic Arts, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Just Dance 2018 from Ubisoft, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition from Mojang, L.A. Noire from Rockstar Games, NBA 2K18 from 2K Games, Sonic Mania from SEGA, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Capcom, Rocket League from Psyonix and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and DOOM from Bethesda. Nintendo Switch has also received strong support from indie developers, with a steady stream of favorites like SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form, Golf Story from Sidebar Games, Overcooked Special Edition from Team17 Digital Ltd and Stardew Valley from Chucklefish LTD.
This year, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to Nintendo-published games like Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and a new game starring Yoshi. Fans can also expect continued support from major publishers such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, SEGA, Take 2 and Bethesda, plus a growing catalog of quality content from indie developers.