April 2017 NPD: Switch sells over 280,000 units, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe more than 550,000 copies - Nintendo Everything

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April 2017 NPD: Switch sells over 280,000 units, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe more than 550,000 copies

Posted on May 17, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Switch

Nintendo has shared some preliminary information about the latest NPD report. During the month of April, Switch hardware and one game in particular stood out.

Switch was the best-selling piece of gaming hardware in the U.S. last month at over 280,000 units. It’s the second month in a row that Switch has come out on top in gaming hardware sales. In Nintendo’s announcement today, the company said that “April sales of Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems (more than 68,000 units sold) combined to make up almost half of all hardware sales across all dedicated video game systems.”

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe did very well with Nintendo. The game sold 460,000 copies at retail alone, with that number increasing to 550,000 units when factoring digital sales. This is based on just two days of sales for the racer.

We also shouldn’t forget about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild since it was the third-highest-selling game in April. Nintendo noted that “1-2-Switch and digital-only game Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! also saw strong sales in April.”

Here’s the full announcement about Switch’s April sales:

“REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States, the Nintendo Switch system was the best-selling video game hardware in the month of April with more than 280,000 units sold. This is the second month in a row that Nintendo Switch has led the pack in video game hardware sales, following a record-breaking launch in March. April sales of Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems (more than 68,000 units sold) combined to make up almost half of all hardware sales across all dedicated video game systems.

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game was the top-selling video game in April with more than 460,000 physical units sold. With digital sales added, the total is more than 550,000 units. Making this number more impressive is the fact that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launched on April 28, which only accounts for two days’ worth of sales in the reporting period, which cut off on April 29.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for Nintendo Switch continued its legendary run, coming in as the third-highest-selling video game in April. The critically acclaimed open-air adventure will receive even more content with the upcoming launch of two DLC packs in the summer and holiday season of this year. The DLC is now available for pre-purchase via an Expansion Pass. 1-2-Switch and digital-only game Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! also saw strong sales in April.

Nintendo will look to continue this momentum into the summer with a series of great new games for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. The upcoming lineups for both systems include Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Nintendo 3DS, May 19), Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Capcom (Nintendo Switch, May 26), ARMS (Nintendo Switch, June 16), Ever Oasis (Nintendo 3DS, June 23) and Splatoon 2 (Nintendo Switch, July 21). Nintendo 3DS games Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia both launch on July 28, the same day as New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo’s newest hand-held system.

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.”

Source: Nintendo PR

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  • Melatelo

    Hm those numbers sure look good. Especially considering hardware shortages for it in the states. How is this tracking when compared to Wii U though? Hopefully a lot better!

    • KnightWonder

      Well here’s a graph of the sales so far.


      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        That 2014 climb tho lol

      • TanukiTrooper

        That’s a Japanese market sales chart… it doesn’t show the figures worldwide or in the US.

    • Stuart

      On NPD Wii U did around 450k second month. But its worth noticing that it was still december and that Wii U wasnt the 1st console in NPD. In fact,it sold even less than Wii and the DS.

      The third month that was the test of iron,when the Wii U falled to an abismall 50k and got outsold by everyone aside the PSVita,that did kinda the same.

      • Wow. its history is really sad, looking back. I’ll never forget that graph that showed its performance, which was right there with the Gamecube. Which also did horribly. It kind of hurts, but I’m also just so happy for the success of the Switch.

  • Tlozbj

    Pretty good when you take into consideration the shortages.

    When you add Japan, the Switch adds up to 492k, with Europe and smaller regions it should be above 700k WW for April

  • Locky Mavo

    Ports, indies and remakes/remasters are good and all, but its time to bring out the big and new, 1st and 3rd, E3 should be a good one this year. Those are good numbers for April too.

  • awng781

    Pretty good numbers, even if Switch stock is still quite limited.

  • Stuart

    Really good numbers. I wonder if the MK8D effect can last long enough to make Switch win in may too.

  • Very impressive sales numbers for the Switch considering the stock shortages. Nintendo really needs to address this situation, the Switch could be selling so so many more units

  • awng781

    Month 3 Switch sales will he interesting. Here’s how other platforms sold on Month 3:
    Wii (January 2007): 460,000
    3DS (May 2011): 97,000
    Wii U (January 2013): 55,000
    PS4 (January 2014): 280,000
    Xbox One (January 2014): 140,000

    • hi v3.0

      Maybe it will beat PS4 numbers O.O

      • awng781

        Nintendo will need to sort out their stock issues first.

      • Lance Devon

        It has been outpacing PS4 week to week conparisons in Japan. WW we may see it dwarf month 3. NA alone may just match it.

    • Melatelo

      Those Wii sales though. Damn.

    • The Wii really was a beast. . .

  • carlos holguin holguin

    they need to solve shortage problems.. i couldnt find a switch in orlando for like a week and had to buy a ps4.. with splatoon coming these problems will be worse..

    • TDude73

      You’re ignoring the fact that Nintendo is shipping Switch units airborne. THINK before posting your comment.

    • They do, but they’re getting on it. Hence, they are moving numbers. And stores have been coming into stock quite often in rotation.

  • hi v3.0

    Well they really need to put more Switch is stores

    • Khaaaaan

      Certainly! F*** ebay/amazon scalpers…..

  • ibo✿✿AKA✿✿SleepyAbra༼凸 ◉_◔༽凸

    hmm too low

  • Tlink7

    Inb4 ”lel it was a million last month, nintendoooooomed”

  • Khaaaaan

    Sucks Nintendo cannot keep up restock at time and /or stock shortages.

    • TDude73

      Troll harder, Ricardo Montalban reject.

      • masterjedi

        I don’t necessarily think he’s trolling. It does suck that Nintendo cannot feed their stock as fast as its selling out. I wish they could produce more Switches too. But its not like Khan is criticizing Nintendo for not being able to keep up with the demand or saying stuff like “Make more Switches or fix the shortage problem!” without acknowledging that Nintendo is working on it.

        • ForeVision

          There’s no easy or “right” answer to that. If they went out and made a ton of them and then the Switch didn’t do as well, they’d be in major trouble. So they went with the safe option, as is quite normal considering them coming from the Wii-U, and this has, as consequence, that now that demand is as high as it is, people are left waiting for a console. Either scenario would’ve been crap for different sides: the current one for us as consumers, and the other one for them as a business (and even still the current situation as far from what they’d want I guess, since yes demand is crazy, but they can’t keep up and that’s it’s own problem.)

          • masterjedi

            I would much rather be on this end because when the company loses, the consumers always lose as well. If the company is flourishing, they make more of what I want which is ultimately better for me. It does suck both ways though you are certainly right about that.

          • Khaaaaan

            Nintendo could be more like Apple, speed up their products fast enough to not loose the momentum they builded very hard in the past.

          • masterjedi

            You gotta remember though, these Switches are coming from Japan via cargo ship mostly. It takes about a week for a cargo ship to make that trip. Once the ship docks, that cargo gets unloaded and put on trucks or trains or whatever type of transport its going to cross the country in and heads to whatever state its going to be sold in. A Switch made in Japan on a Monday probably takes 12 or 13 days to make it to a Game Stop in North Dakota.

          • Khaaaaan

            Not agree with you, but if Apple and more worldwide companies does have their factories in China and yet they don’t have any visible shortages like Nintendo does, why Nintendo can do something better, maybe air? Nintendo has been in the market 125 years they know better than anyone else.

          • masterjedi

            They have shipped many Switches by air but that’s very expensive. One report I just saw recently said it costs up to $45 extra per unit to fly them instead of sending them by boat. To put that in perspective, Nintendo sold 280k Switches in the U.S. in April. Lets say it cost them $10 apiece to ship one Switch by sea. That means it cost them 2.8 million to ship those 280k Switches to the U.S. But if they shipped them all by air, it now costs them $55 to ship all 280k of those Switches to the U.S. which equals 15.4 million. That’s an insane difference and it would be bad business to absorb that kind of cost.

          • Khaaaaan

            As @Zuxs13 say in other community and I’m agree with him,

            That’s interesting because Apple actually ships all their stuff by plane, because based on the time savings and being able to sell the product 30 days faster (less length of time to finance the product) they save far more money by shipping by plane.

            Also the costs to ship by air for one if these seems ridiculously high. $45? You could ship one yourself by UPS for cheaper than that. It’s around $33 to ship a 3lb package from US to China (vice versa). Apple pays something like $.65 to ship an iPhone, so if Nintendo is paying $45 no wonder they can’t hit demand, they are getting robbed.

          • masterjedi

            Well here are some of the different articles I’ve read about what Nintendo is dealing with.




            All three of these articles site the Wall Street Journal as their source. Perhaps Nintendo is getting robbed or maybe the rules are different for Apple products or something. But If I were Nintendo and I had to ship my stuff around the world, I would definitely choose the cheapest option. I think the better option is to compare what Nintendo has to pay to what Sony and Microsoft have to pay since those three companies are shipping the same type of merchandise. The PS4 struggled to keep stock up upon its launch as well and they shipped 18 million consoles in the first year.

          • Khaaaaan

            Someone here make a valid point Apple shipping more than Nintendo and Sony convene. I guess their prices are more cheaper still hope Nintendo can keep up with this fall when odyssey will be at stores, costumers won’t be happy if they don’t have enough for Christmas.

          • nemo37

            I generally agree with your argument, and I do believe Nintendo could use faster methods of shipment to get stock out. One minor criticism I will make about using Apple as an example, is that the optics are a bit more different with regards to shipments. Apple ships and sell between 50-70 million iPhones each quarter, that is far more than what any console company sells in a quarter (by comparison Nintendo is aiming to sell 10 million Switches this year and Sony sold around 18 million PS4s); thus, the scale of shipments for consoles are far smaller than that of something like an iPhone, and hence because shipments are smaller, more frequent yet smaller shipments will end up costing more.

            However, I do not believe it is the shipment process is the main reason for the shortage. I think the main reason is that Nintendo is attempting to be cautious, they do not want to be left with stockpiles of unsold inventory. I would say Sony was in a similar spot because from the end of 2013 to March 2014, they were having issues calibrating PS4 stock with demand. Much like Nintendo is worried about overproducing and ending up in a Wii U or Gamecube type situation where they have to pay to store unsold inventory; Sony was reeling from losses incurred by having to store Vita inventory that they could not move (source: http://thevitalounge.net/2014/05/15/sonys-fiscal-year-ps-vita-by-the-numbers/ ) as well as their initial troubles with PS3, so they were initially cautious as well.

          • Khaaaaan

            You make some valid points here, not argued here because Nintendo & Sony don’t sell as much like Apple does. Hopefully Nintendo won’t have issues this Christmas with odyssey.

        • Khaaaaan

          I know Nintendo is working out this issue but they could speed up to keep the momentum they have.

      • Khaaaaan

        I’m not a troll like you think, Objective vs Troll

  • masterjedi

    First off, this is pretty impressive for a remaster of a 3 year old game. Half a million in 2 days in one territory? Nintendo should be pleased. Second, this is just further proof that Nintendo’s strategy of spacing their big releases out the way they did is working. The Zelda fire is still hot with that title remaining in the top 10 on most charts and now Mario Kart is crushing it to continue the momentum. With the Arms and Splatoon 2 tournaments planned for E3, Nintendo is doing a great job of keeping interest in their console very high thought the summer and that interest doesn’t currently include any of the major western 3rd party publishers offering any support outside of EA with FIFA 18 and Take Two with NBA 2K18.

    As for those of you who keep saying Nintendo needs to address the shortage problem, I just sigh. They have ramped up production so high that they’re planning to ship like 16 million units in the first year instead of their initial plans to ship 8 million units. They have paid extra money to FLY consoles around the world instead of shipping them by boat just to get units to consumers faster. What more do you want them to do?

    • I think that’s the problem. I agree with you, but people don’t see a Switch on store shelves and just think Nintendo isn’t doing enough. Rather yet, this is a hot product. And we should all be glad. I’m amazed and pleased it’s doing this well, and I feel for those that can’t nab one. People should realize though; it’s selling a lot. Of course it may be hard to find, especially since we know they were initially very cautious with production, even with promising pre-orders.

  • ChaosNocturne

    gotta stock up faster it could of been 500k units sold

    • Doing well doesn’t quite mean it could have been double, even with high software sales (which also have to be put aside how many consoles are already on the market).

      I think it could have done better too, but they can only do so much.

  • MoYeung

    “All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.”

    I think the numbers are ok…

  • Devlind

    It’s selling well, which is impressive when you realize that most of the available games are ports. The second half of the year seems great with Arms, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade and Mario, but I hope we can see something new on E3.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Switch’s really that hard to find? It’s popped online several times in the past 2 weeks and even just walked into GS to see them there. I live in butt f*** nowhere and if I’m able to find Switch’s, anyone can.

    • hi v3.0

      As you can see only GameStop’s rip off bundles are available now

    • masterjedi

      Easier to find them in less populated areas because there are less people there to buy them. Heavily populated places like NYC, Chicago or LA have a hard time keeping stock up because there are way more people there that want the product. My town is about 55,000 people and we have 6 locations that sell Switches. Its hard to find one at any of them. Less than 80 miles west of me is a town with a population of 3000. They have one location that sells Switches. That place almost always has 2 on the shelf.

    • R.Z.

      It’s the contrary, you can find them because you live in “butt f*** nowhere” actually.

    • I think there’s also some weird choice of where to stock it more? I don’t know if that’s between all retailers, but gamestop for sure.

      At a more popular Gamestop (as in, busy, making money, has a good Nintendo fanbase, etc), they had a lower number of pre-order and initial supply than a store that was in a more well-off community but was also a smaller store, saw less business and as far as I know, doesn’t really cater as much to Nintendo. (Their section is smaller, and seems more rare for Nintendo sales there as far as consoles go.)

      I wonder how much influence or say Nintendo has in some of the say on which stores and regions get their stock and distribution. Seems like some places could benefit way more than others.

  • ben

    Sony is never going to sell 18million this year if it only sold around 140k-200k and xbox must be dead.

  • Carly

    Hmmm…numbers are starting to collapse already…not good

    • Jon Turner

      Uhhh… the system is constantly selling out. It’s impossible to find anywhere.

  • Impressive~.