In an announcement that likely surprises exactly no one, Nintendo confirmed that the Switch is now the fastest-selling console in U.S. history, thanks to data compiled via internal sales info.
The console has officially beaten out the original Wii’s sales numbers from when it launched in the US as well, leading to a ridiculously successful launch and what will remain a bustling part of the console’s life cycle.
Since the console’s launch back on March 3, 2017, it’s managed to amass over 4.8 million units sold in the 10 months since its debut. Those are impressive numbers, and it’s not just localized to Nintendo consoles. 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.
With titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey out on store shelves, it’s clear Nintendo is going to be able to keep up the momentum with solid games and system-sellers that get people to pull the trigger on the Switch in general. Those games themselves managed to accrue some impressive review scores and sales numbers as well, meaning the Switch is and will likely remain a powerhouse in terms of moving units and making mountains of cash.
If you still don’t have a Switch, it might be time to admit that it probably does live up to the hype. If you’re a big first-party Nintendo fan and enjoy ports, it’s an interesting system that’s definitely worth picking up.