Nintendo Switch is selling as fast as the 3DS did

Matt Sayer 7 September 2017 NEWS


Japan sales figures point to a bright future for Nintendo's latest console.

Despite launching at more than twice the price, the Nintendo Switch is selling just as fast as the Nintendo 3DS did during its first six months in Japan.

As Japanese sales aggregator Game Data Library reports, the Switch's pace to 1.5 million units sold is right on par with the 3DS, even after the latter received its massive price drop shortly after launch.

This impressive performance is backed by strong sales of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with the Switch version selling in seven months what the Wii version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess did in over a year on the market. This makes Breath of the Wild the 10th best-selling Zelda game in Japan, with the potential to move into the top five if the Switch keeps up its formidable growth.

In other gaming sales news, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds just broke 10 million copies sold, and Minecraft creators have earned over US$1 million selling their creations.

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