Nintendo Switch: First Bundle Not Coming To US?


The Nintendo Switch bundles with either Gray Joy-Con or Neon Joy-Con console ship on May 5th.

Last month Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild alongside its Switch console, so the folks at Game Informer pulled a posse of game developers together for a podcast about the game's design.

However like we said those figures are just for the United States alone, meaning that combining the sales from other markets should result in a more impressive figure, and we were right.

This is a strong start for the Switch, which is good news for Nintendo following the disappointing Wii U. That dead console has lifetime sales of 13.56 million since launching in 2012. That puts it ever so slightly ahead of the Wii U, which sold 890k in its first five weeks. This gives it the distinction of being the fastest selling console in history. The Switch will be one of the most popular Holiday gifts for the Holiday shopping season 2017.

With the Nintendo Switch, the property trading board game can be enjoyed on a home TV screen or on the go in tabletop mode, making full use of the console's gameplay capabilities. Then again, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild nearly certainly had something to do with that success, as it is by far the best-selling Switch game. As thesixthaxis points out, it's most likely because Nintendo released standard and collector's editions of the game. The mobile unit slides inside the Switch docking station, where it also gets charged.

The Citigroup analysts didn't predict how much the smaller Switch could cost, but estimated it could sell 6.7 million units in the twelve months through March 2019. It looks like Nintendo is set to make this a reality with a limited release of the standalone Nintendo Switch dock available starting May 19th. Nintendo now plans to double the production of the Nintendo Switch. While we may expect high sales for a new console around the holidays, the Switch's success at launch might mean that the console is something special.

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