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Nintendo Switch Outsold Wii at Launch: Best Nintendo Launch in History

by on March 9, 2017

The Nintendo Switch outsold Wii in its first two days in the Americas. This is only comparing the first two days of sales for both consoles, but it’s a great start for the system. The information came by way of a tweet from New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, who interviewed Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. The Markets referenced in the claim cover the United States, Canada, South America, and Central America.

Definite sales figures have not been released, but the Wii, Nintendo’s previous fastest-selling console, sold 600,000 units in its first eight days in the same market. It’s difficult to estimate what the Switch’s sales numbers will look like in that same timeframe, but stock on the console has (anecdotally) seemed light-but-consistent.

It’s worth noting that this is a pretty vague claim to make. The Wii’s stock was light across the board at launch, with Nintendo struggling to push units into stores and meet demand. With the Switch having a larger initial stock than the Wii, outselling the Wii at launch was almost certain to be the case. It will be interesting to see final, first week sales numbers for the switch so we have a more direct point of comparison. In its lifetime, The Nintendo Wii sold a little over 100,000 units worldwide. The Switch is off to a great start, but only time will tell if the console can outsell the company’s previous record holder.

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