Nintendo has announced that the Switch is now the fastest-selling home console in the U.S., shifting 4.8 million units in 10 months.
The console has officially beaten out the original Wii's sales numbers from when it launched in the United States as well, leading to a ridiculously successful launch and what will remain a bustling part of the console's life cycle.
In keeping with Nintendo tradition, the Nintendo Switch looked like a bit of a risk when it launched in March 2017.
Since the system became available on March 3, 2017, Nintendo has sold almost 5 million units in the U.S. That 10-month pace surpasses the previous record holder, the Nintendo Wii, which came out in 2006. Those are the best numbers, period, for all video game consoles in the U.S. The old record holder was the Wii, with four million units sold during the same amount of time.
As I wrote last week, the unexpected sales success of the Nintendo Switch also demonstrates - contrary to many analyst outlooks - that there is, indeed, room for a gaming alternative to the ubiquitous smartphone. Beyond that, more than 50% of Switch players have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and around 20% have Splatoon 2. In Japan, the Switch recently surpassed the first-year sales record of the Sony PlayStation 2, the best-selling game console of all time, which was set in 2000. The music will undoubtedly keep you focused on your task while providing a wonderfully entertaining experience on your Switch.