Nintendo Switch becomes fastest-selling video game system in United States history

It's official - Nintendo has hit the jackpot, with recent reports revealing the company's Switch is the fastest selling video gaming console in U.S. history. In the 1 months since the Switch launched it has sold 4.8 million units in the USA, surpassing the original Wii system which sold more than 4 million in the same timeframe.

In keeping with Nintendo tradition, the Nintendo Switch looked like a bit of a risk when it launched in March 2017. The Switch's success in its first 10 months can also be partly attributed to popular Nintendo-exclusive games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.

Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's President and COO. This surpasses the Nintendo Wii at 4 million and is the "highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in US history". The company has now increased its internal target for its first-year sales of the Switch to 16 million from 10 million.

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The Switch was already pronounced Japan's fastest-selling console of all time, surpassing the PlayStation 2's ten-month sales of 3 million units, when December's remarkably strong 844,000 tally contributed to a lifetime total of 3.2m sales. Super Mario Odyssey was the Switch's best-selling game during its first calendar year, and more than 60% of Switch owners in the U.S. purchased the game (which translates out to about 2.9 million copies).

To date, about 300 games for the Switch have been released to the market.

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