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SuperData: 1.5 million Switch systems sold worldwide so far

Posted on March 14, 2017 by (@OnePunchMaz) in News, Switch

According to research done by SuperData, Nintendo has so far managed to sell 1.5 million Switch systems worldwide. 500,000 systems were sold in the US, 360,000 were sold in Japan and Europe “isn’t far behind”, though it should be noted that most of these numbers are from first week sales, so they’re likely higher by now. Nintendo’s goal is to sell 2 million units in March, a goal they will likely easily achieve.

Unsurprisingly, the best-selling Switch title so far is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. According to SuperData, 89% of Switch owners also bought the new Zelda game, which would equate to 1.34 million copies sold.

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  • Rocky Rochford

    1.34 is a round up number, thus a lie. Be more specific. 1.5 million divided by 100 would be 15,000 and that times 89 becomes 1,355,000 million sales for Switch alone.

    • Gregory Weagle

      I think you meant 1,335,000; since the number you came up with would round up to 1.36 million.

  • Gilmar Venancio

    Now we can expect the change of view from greedy third parties, Wii U karma is buried.

    • Gregory Weagle

      If they sell ten million units by the end of the calender year; then I would suggest that many third parties would consider a lot more support. However; there will be some who think Nintendo is too far gone to be worth supporting.

    • Tlink7

      Wii U also did well in the beginning, the Switch will need to sell well for a longer period before more stubborn third-party developers will be convinced

      • Simtopia23

        Wii U did well in the beginning but not enough to beat some record despite it had much more support from the third parties at launch.

      • Stuart

        It is true that a big launch does not equal success, but seeying as Switch did 1,5 million in march against the 800k Wii U did in november, that would be a good indication that Switch at least will sell much more than the Wii U.

        • Tlink7

          I am not going to assume such things, but it does seem more likely the Switch will do better. We shall see 😀

          • Stuart

            Yes,you’re right,we shall wait and see. I have a good feelling tho’ 😀

          • ForeVision

            As long as they bring the games, I’ll bring the money.

          • Tlink7

            AND THE RABBITS
            RABBITS EVERYWHERE
            RABBITS RRRRRRRRRRRREVOLUTION

          • ForeVision

            Let’s not get more of this particular rabbit, he’s more than you’d bargain for, trust me.

      • jwfurness

        The thing I find most heartening is that I have friends who’ve bought a Switch, 3 coworkers interested in picking one up soon and another who is actively searching. One of my coworkers said that 3 of his friends picked one up. These are not Nintendo fanboys, just regular consumers who’ve seen my Switch in person. None of them had any interest in the Wii U. Heck, even my dad recognized the Switch from the commercials. These are all good signs.

        • Tlink7

          Yeah I have experienced similar things, which makes me optimistic. I will remain cautious until we have left the first few months of the system behind us, however

          • ForeVision

            I really hope they bring more announcements of games soon, to flesh things out a little. There’s some great games coming, but it still looks rather stale.

        • masterjedi

          This has also happened to me and is the biggest sign that the Switch is poised for quite the success.

      • Jon Turner

        Cynics say nothing will convince thirds to be convinced. I don’t believe that of course.

        • Tlink7

          Good, because lots of units out in customers’ hands will definitely convince them xD

  • Stuart

  • BoredAtWork999

    The number would be a lot higher if anyone in the U.S. could find the damn thing anywhere.

    Fils-Aimé specifically said there would be sufficient quantity at launch, yet everything online is sold out (scalpers don’t count), and my local Walmart and Toys “R” Us both told me they haven’t even received any, not a single one, to sell yet.

    • Tlink7

      If anyone *anywhere* could find the damn thing xD

      • masterjedi

        Oh come on just stop with all the “they are limiting stock on purpose to create the illusion of demand” conspiracy nonsense. Can you provide a quote from anyone at Nintendo saying ANYONE on the PLANET would be able to find one upon launch? If they said they were planning to ship 2 million by the end of March, and there are 7 BILLION people in the world…

        • Tlink7

          You sure you hit the right ”reply” button? 😛 I was just lamenting the fact that I and others don’t have a Switch yet, not spouting a conspiracy theory

          • masterjedi

            I’ll give you that. Perhaps I jumped a little hard on that one.

          • Tlink7

            USE THE FORCE to determine my intentions next time 😀

      • ForeVision

        Speaking of all this, I feel like I should relay you a funny story. So before I went to pick up my Switch, nobody anywhere had Bomberman R (called all over the Fing place) and then I got an e-mail saying one was available.

        When I entered the shop, the guy at the counter told me he just got 3 copies randomly, and if I check their website now, they’ve got none at all. If that doesn’t get your eyes to roll, I don’t know what will.

    • Advance*

      They said months ago there would be about 2 million in March and it’s looking like there will be about 2 million in March. So in what way did they mislead anybody?

    • masterjedi

      Doing this on purpose? I doubt that. I am surprised your big chains like Walmart and Toys “R” Us haven’t even received any. I don’t have a Toys “R” Us where I live, but my Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy and Target all received Switches at launch. I also have a local store called Game Crazy that got some Switches to sell and there are two Gamestops in my city as well. We have about 55k people here so that gives you an idea of the size of the place I live in and the number of retailers that sell games here. The Gamestop I got my Switch from got 35 units (dunno how many the other Gamestop got) and my Best Buy got 42.

    • Aiddon

      gee, it’s almost like there are only so many hours in the day to create something.

    • Justmadeanaccount2

      Why does Nintendo sell out so quickly yet Microsoft and Sony always have consoles available? I don’t remember PS4 or Xbox One ever being hard to find.

      • nemo37

        The Playstation 4 was largely sold out from the time of its release until the March of 2014. Here is an article from that time where Sony admitted it http://bgr.com/2014/02/11/playstation-4-sales-2014-sold-out/ . When you generally produce something new it takes a little while to ramp up production, moreover, at times when you are unsure about the prospects of the products you need to have a more conservative amount of supply available so that you do not have too much left over in case the demand is not there (something Nintendo and Sony had to contend with when the supply of Wii Us and PS Vitas far outweighed the demand for those products this generation).

      • Stuart

        Actually the PS4 was a nightmare to find months after launch. I actually happen to have a friend who worked at the call center from Wallmart at the time. It happened that during the pre-order the demand was higher than expected (By Wallmart) but the shipments were lower than expected (Again,by Wallmart), so some pre-orders got delayed for even more than a month.He said that for a loooong time he had to deal with angry PS4 buyers with arguments like “BUT I WANT MY CONSOLE NOW!” or “MY FATHER IS GONNA SUE YOU!”

        He said it was the most stressful yet funny momment during his time working there.

  • Tlink7

  • Justin McQuillen

    :*( but sony always win baby

    • Simtopia23

      …*coff coff* PS Vita *coff coff*…

      • Justin McQuillen

        *wheeze* actually every system they have released was pretty bad *huff*

    • Tlink7

      It’s not a contest… wish people like you would stop pretending it is

      • Justin McQuillen

        I agree, Sony wins baby. No contest.

      • Switchling

        “sony always win baby” is a meme from this youtube video

        • Tlink7

          All these new-fangled memes! *rants on about vintage sh*t like pingas, mah boi, etc*

          • Tide

            Pfft, it was all about cats and who the bases belong to.

        • Justin McQuillen

          thanks i was gonna wait until one of them figured it out

    • BoredAtWork999

      I don’t know, those Vita numbers for North America look pretty atrocious. Almost as bad as Xbox in Japan.

      • Justin McQuillen

        :*( that’s the psmasterrace vita you’re talking about, has better graphics than new nintentrash 3ds. they always win baby

        • Mr Ninty

          Go back under your bridge

        • BoredAtWork999

          What’s so “master race” about ports and weeb/anime shovelware?

          • Justin McQuillen

            even the best quantum PC in the world doesnt have cell processor bro, sony is winning

    • Jacob Groves

      You are one of terrible fanboys. Lol

      Just be happy. Go back your little kid Call of Duty game on your PS4!!!!

      • Justin McQuillen

        dem graphics doe, wow!

  • TDude73

    Amazing! 1.5 million Switch systems sold worldwide!!!! The demand is extremely high for the Big N’s hybrid platform.

    • flappospammo

      and only 75% of them taken back for dead pixels , blue screen of death and scratched screens

  • hi v3.0

    Could’ve been a lot more if this wasn’t a NES Mini scenario again

    • Agreed

    • After Wii U did in the past, Nintendo want be very carefull. I bet is a lot of Wii U’s out there to recall and goung to recycle factory.

      • hi v3.0

        Why is your name Yahoo now

        • I have a very distinctive name Khannnnn; I certainly heard my name before. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan. There really is not a way you’re aware of to hide yourself from Google, Yahoo and Bing. Also Google, Yahoo and Bing crawls on the web anything from your name at least or any info associated with you. This strikes me as a risk you accept, or at least should accept, when you sign up for Disqus open forum/community on the internet and make yourself known.

          https://support.google.com/websearch/troubleshooter/3111061?hl=en

          Try to search names of users been years on Disqus.

  • Jacob Groves

    HURRAH!!!! SUCCESSFUL!!!! Love Switch sooooooooooooo much!!! 😀

    Fantastic system. 🙂 🙂 🙂 it is how all of us 1.5 million gamers enjoying it so far.

  • awng781

    That 2 million shipment forecast by the end of March is looking a bit low. Seems like Nintendo will ship closer to 2.5 million, if not 3 million.

    • Tlink7

      Depends on if Ninty manages to get enough Switches out in the stores xD

      • awng781

        Let’s hope.

  • masterjedi

    I’ve been looking forward to this data all week. A lot of people are complaining that Nintendo could sell more if there were more consoles available but that just seems like flawed logic to me. You don’t spend all the money to manufacture a gazillion SKUs before you know what the demand is going to be because if nobody buys those units, (WiiU) Nintendo is out that money with no way to recuperate it. So they needed to promote the Switch, gauge the interest and then manufacture a number that they felt could supply the interest they thought there would be. They came up with a number of 2 million by the end of March and at the halfway point of the month, they basically have to sell 500k to meet their projection of how many people were interested in buying a Switch. That is GREAT planning on their part.

    • Taun

      I want a Switch. It’s out of stock everywhere I look. Therefor they would have sold at least 1 more console if they had made more Switch’s ahead of time! I have a BotW Special edition & no console to play it on.

      My problem is with how long it will take for them to catch up with demand. Still no word from Nintendo on a second shipment. And if they want quick shipments, it’ll be by air & therefor small. The larger shipments come by boat & take weeks.

      • masterjedi

        It sucks that you weren’t able to get a Switch the day it launched. I don’t know what your circumstances are. But I think Nintendo did a good job of letting us consumers know well in advance exactly how many Switches were going to be available at launch, how much they would cost and when we would be able to reserve them. Those who weren’t able to take advantage of that will just have to wait until the next shipment. Inconvenient maybe, but not unfair or any fault of Nintendo’s.

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  • McCaron

    wow, that makes a lot of docks and left joy-cons for a global recall !! ^^

  • To the haters who said the Switch would be DOA……

    EAT THAT CROW WITH EXTRA SALT!!!!

    • Jon Turner

      Oh I think they’ll change their words to something else. I don’t see them giving up so easily, sad as that may be.

      At any rate, good results for Switch so far.

    • TDude73

      Tell ’em, Paid!!!!

  • tHe_MaN_wItH_nO_hAnD

    C’mon you guys, don’t feed the obvious trolls …

  • Great news! Thanks Nintendo Everything to bring the lasted news of Nintendo! Great work guys keep it up!

    I’m happy Nintendo Switch did a great job to sell. Me, my family and friends we are so happy! Thanks Nintendo!

  • awng781

    What I find funny is that Superdata is the same company who, as it currently stands, believes the Switch will only sell 5 million units total by the end of the year. That means they only expect the Switch to sell a mere 3.5 million units from the 2nd week of the Switch’s lifecycle all the way to the end of the year.

    Essentially, they expect the Switch to sell Wii U numbers…which is a very bold forecast.

  • Addy

    Good for them, the prediction I made a few months ago, the Switch selling under or around 10 million, may surpass my expectations.

  • masterjedi

    There’s been a lot of talk about how Nintendo will maintain this momentum with their release schedule seemingly so devoid of system moving games. I have said many times that I think the launch lineup is pretty strong with Mario Kart, Arms and Splatoon 2 spaced out nicely while Super Mario Odyssey closes out year one. However, I just stumbled across the Nindie presentation from last month and that I think, is going to be a HUGE benefit to keeping the Switch momentum going. Those game are cheap and can be picked up and played easily and if they really are able to stick to the cadence of something new every week, I think that’s going to hold a lot of players over in between big releases.

    • Stuart

      And there is A LOT of really good games there. I believe the Switch could become the ultimate indie console in a near future.

    • R.Z.

      It’s good for people who bought the Switch, but how does that maintain the momentum of Switch sales ?
      None of these indie games are system sellers.

      • ForeVision

        Agreed, and I for one find myself looking at those third-parties that are willing to support the Switch. Splatoon isn’t my kind of game, so that’s a month that I’ll be “missing” in which I’d gladly buy a good third-party instead.

      • masterjedi

        I think it helps sway people who are on the fence because of a perceived game drought. Those who are saying I want to play Zelda, but I don’t want to wait all the way until summer to play Splatoon 2 and then all the way until Christmas to play Mario Odyssey with nothing to play in between.

        • ForeVision

          I’m quite sorry, but very few of these indie titles are ones that interest me, and I’ve got a feeling quite a few with me, so I definitely see a game drought right now.

          • masterjedi

            I guess it depends on what type of games you are interested in. It’s about 2 months between Zelda and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. From there I imagine (this is purely speculation on my part) that Arms will come out sometime in May or June so at most its another two months before the next big game drops. Splatoon 2 comes out this summer so that’s probably somewhere between July and August. Again, about two months between major games. And lastly, we know Mario Odyssey is out for Christmas so that’s likely coming out in November but possibly December. Plus Xenoblade is supposedly going to fall in there somewhere this year. So in my mind, worst case scenario is a four month gap between Splatoon 2 and Mario Odyssey. Every other gap is no more than two months and that’s a very good cadence.

          • ForeVision

            Well, Splatoon 2 isn’t my kind of game, so you can count that one out, making the gap even bigger. But don’t look at this from purely Nintendo’s point, there are third-parties, and it’s about time they got to it.

          • masterjedi

            That’s a fair point. I agree that third parties need to get on board but I don’t think we’re going to see that until late 2018 because I think a lot of them took a “wait and see how the install base grows” approach. That’s why I think the Nindies are going to be so important for the Nintendo with the Switch. It takes time to make a big game and I feel like a lot of these third parties are just starting to develop stuff for the Switch right now because of the robust launch sales. That means its up to Nintendo to maintain the Switch momentum and I think they knew that was going to be the case and turned to indie developers to fill those gaps while making their own big releases land a couple of months apart.

          • masterjedi

            I will say this, FIFA has the potential to be a HUGE seller everywhere outside the US and NBA 2K whatever has a chance to move a good number of SKUs for the US so that’s a potential plus on the 3rd party side.

    • Frankly, five games in nine months is not a good deal. People are not going to be interested in every one of those games.

      It’s like when nintendo makes the big 3ds xmas game pokemon every year, or padded out the wiiu schedule with a zelda remake.

      They had plenty of time to plan this out and they really have nothing to show for it. So far this year, PS4 has had resident evil, yakuza, horizon, nier, ghost recon, for honor, nioh, berseria….

      • masterjedi

        Not a fair comparison. The PS4 has had three and a half years to build its install base and have developers making games for it. The Switch is 13 days old. You can’t act like there are only five games coming out for the Switch this year, there are just five major first party games this year. That’s a new major game every two months and nobody can say that’s not good.

        • Forget fair. Fair wouldn’t have involved dropping a system 3 years in and then doing the exact same fumble with its successor.

          How many games came out for Wiiu last year? 3? The system has been on life support for 2 years. They’ve had plenty of time to build the Switch library. It’s had no third party support, and Nintendo has been dangling around the Switch hoping to catch publishers. It hasn’t. It’s brought the same “port your indie game here” desperation that NoA employed with wiiu after EA abandoned them.

          There were ads hiring for the Smash switch game days after the Cloud DLC came out. Zelda was delayed over and over. DLC for Mario Kart was delayed and moved to Switch. They planned this. All of it. And they never thought “gosh, let’s get some new third party games for its first year.”

          Nintendo’s on their fourth year this gen. Switch isn’t any more powerful than wiiu, and the fundamental design is basically the same. They don’t get do-overs, especially if they’re going to make the same foolish moves as before.

          • awng781

            “Switch isn’t any more powerful than wiiu…”

            This is a flat lie.

            Say what you want about Nintendo’s handling of the Wii U, but they did they best they could when it came to supporting the console given the platform’s commercial failure.

            Nintendo could have easily pulled a Vita by pulling all support for the system after 2 years, and instead place all their efforts on the 3DS much like what Sony has done with the PS4. Honestly, that probably would have been the smarter choice if Nintendo was solely aiming for larger profits and revenue, but instead Nintendo chose to support the console, with most of their biggest franchises saw major, brand new entries on the system, with even a new successful blockbuster IP (Splatoon) being born out of the Wii U.

          • they killed the system after the initial slate of games was announced. they were optimistic about sales in 2013-2014 and had new games coming. After that, they started porting wiiu games to 3DS and moved all new development to switch.

          • awng781

            In 2015, the Wii U got Mario Party 10, Kirby Rainbow Curse, Splatoon, Mario Maker, and Xenoblade X. In 2016, which was no doubt the Wii U’s worst year, it still got Pokken Tournament, Twilight Princess HD, StarFox Zero, TMS#FE, and Paper Mario Color Splash.

            Most of those games that I just listed could have probably ended up as major 3DS exclusives, yet Nintendo still chose to develop them on the failing Wii U.

          • masterjedi

            It is well documented that Switch is more powerful than WiiU so that part of your retort is easily dismissible.

            I don’t understand what you mean by dropping a system 3 years in? WiiU came out in ’12. Besides, what does Nintendo’s console release schedule have to do with Sony or Microsoft? Are you saying all the console companies should wait until all their competitors are ready to drop a new console so they can all release fairly at the same time?

            You can’t say Switch has had no third party support. Current iterations of FIFA and NBA 2K are coming out this year in addition to Ubisoft’s Steep to cover the sports genre. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is coming for RPG fans. Fast RMX is out now for those who like racing games. Now if those games don’t interest you that’s one thing, but you can’t pretend those games don’t exist.

          • it loads zelda slower and barely runs it better.
            not perceptibly more powerful, not a generation skip, especially this gen when you can barely tell the difference between ps3 and 4.

            before you tell me zelda is different because it’s a wii u port, so are two of the biggest upcoming switch games.

  • disqus_1S1GyNUnq5

    jup. it will not get above 10 million units sold units during its lifetime, making it an effective flop. there was a steady decline in sales numbers of nintendo consoles since the snes. the wii was an exception. because the ones who bought a wii and were nongamers will not buy a switch therefore this succes cannot be repeated. in case you wanted to say “but, but, the wii sold 100+ million units so nintendo HAS got a clue”

    • awng781

      lmao this must be a troll post…