Nintendo sold more Zelda games than Switch consoles in March

Posted April 20, 2017

New consoles, from Nintendo and others, are historically released in the immediate lead-up to the holidays.

Fans were left with a bitter aftertaste after Overkill abandon the Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One and Playstation 4 version after releasing it and some fans feel like the same will happen with the Switch as well.

Nintendo will reveal more details on its earnings and upcoming roadmap during its Fiscal Year 2017 earnings call on April 27, 2017, and we'll keep you updated with all the juicy tidbits.

A game that comes out on two consoles has an OK chance of outselling the new one it launches with, but pulling it off without even needing the previous-generation sales is a truly impressive feat.

Of course, that's not without some help. The news of sales number is revealing how well not only the Switch is doing but also Zelda.

While "Breath of the Wild" has sold more copies than the Nintendo Switch, it does not mean that the console did not sell well.

Yes, you read that right. Nintendo acknowledged the more-than-100-percent attach rate, speculating, "This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play". If the console can reach this goal, it will also reach half of Wii U sales during its lifetime (13.56 million units).

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind surely helped sell some system, and Nintendo confirmed that it sold 1.3 million million copies of that game.

"Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different", said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's President and COO. Perhaps Nintendo has finally learned its lessons from the whole Wii U debacle. NPD's console sales numbers are derived from incomplete, sampled data from retailers, forcing the firm to indirectly estimate sales at big retailers like Walmart.

The Nintendo Switch was officially launched at the start of March, and it's been enjoying quite a fair bit of sales. Yellow Joy-Con controllers were also announced and Nintendo Switch docks will be available in stores.