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GameStop: Switch initial sales phenomenal, could “possibly eclipse” sales of Wii

Posted on March 20, 2017 by in News, Switch

In a recent interview with Gamerant.com, Eric Bright had a lot of positive things to say about the Switch. Bright, who is the the senior director of merchandising at GameStop, says that the Nintendo Switch is off to such a strong start that it could end up eclipsing the sales numbers the Wii achieved. Additionally, the console has seen some of the highest attach rates for software and accessories for any device “in a long time.”

“The Nintendo Switch is off to a start right now that it could possibly eclipse the Wii. Initial sales on this have been phenomenal. I can’t give straight numbers, but I can say we’re seeing one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that we’ve seen in a long time.”

Bright attributed some of the Switch’s success to the positive buzz surrounding Breath of the Wild, and the allure of the consoles multiplayer encouraging extra controller purchases. Due to this, Bright says that a Zelda bundle will soon be available from GameStop.

“We’re seeing tremendous success with the power chargers for the Nintendo Switch, as well as people coming in and picking up extra Joy-Con so people can turn it into a four-player device. We will soon be going online with all-new bundles. Because of the popularity of Zelda, which is one of my top picks, we’re putting together a Zelda bundle of hardware and accessories for customers to pick up online.”

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  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Yes, bundle the extra controllers on the single player game.

  • Puffdaddy

    If they do indeed release a Smash and Pokemon game this year like rumors suggest, you can bet you beautiful behind that those games, along with Mario Kart, Splatoon 2, and Mario Odessey, well drive sales of the Switch off the charts. The Switch may have the best first year compared to any other console.

    • The truth-ier

      this year..ha, maybe next year, and splatoon is a kid game, mario kart is a rerelease…. mario is the only real big game nintendo has because it has no big 3rd party games, and the big ones like nba 2k …. obviously the main systems will look better, who would by the sacrificed switch version.

      • Reiianuo

        Portability, for one very obvious thing

        I won’t dispute the rest of your points because your personal views are obvious and won’t be changed

      • Taun

        “splatoon is a kid game”

        B.S. It’s closer to an e-sport. Bright colors don’t mean its for kids, it means for EVERYBODY.

      • awng781

        I love it when people actually use the “It’s for kids” excuse to suggest “low quality” or “not successful.” It tells me how much under the age of 13 said person is.

      • zelgadis greywords

        the ones that like to take on the go or want to have a better experience, remember HD-rumble.

        And by the way, what is a big 3rd game for you? because the heavy sellers are the EA sports and the EA/activision shooters, at least in the selling quantities

      • ben

        LOL… Splatoon is a kids game… sure it appeals to kids but like all Nintendo games skill ceiling is a thing that is very high.

        • masterjedi

          Well over four million, seven hundred thousand “kids” bought it. That’s more than all those adults who bought The Order and Bloodborne for the PS4 COMBINED. If I were a company, I know which demographic I’d be targeting.

      • PRIMUS

        You must not know the power of Splatoon. It is a new IP that sold like wild fire when it caught fire on the WiiU.

        • Hidden Flare

          Wait a minute, don’t I remember you?

      • Usama Notkani

        Hey troll. I feel like I have to mention you are a regular troll to the ignorant readers who stumble upon this site

      • If you keep trying you might reach the novice level of a good troll but right now you are downright embarrassing yourself

      • Linkavitch Chomofsky

        If you’re worried about playing a “kids game” then you must be a child.

      • SadaoMaou

        Maybe next year, people could take your trolling seriously. Please stop kid.

    • ben

      I think they should just tease a pokemon.. They dont have the production ability to keep up with demand that a Pokemon game would bring. Second year would be the best time for a pokemon game. They have Mariokart, open world mario and Zelda for people buying this holiday and honestly that is more than most people will be able to handle on a new system in a one off buy.

      • Not to mention the Switch has other AAA titles like Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and possibly Pikmin 4 (which I think could be a 2018 title) but also excellent companion titles to be gap fillers for this year like Sonic Mania, Fire Emblem Warriors, Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2, Dragon Quest X and XI, Skyrim, and ARMS and some very good indie games. If Nintendo plays their cards right I could see the Switch selling at least 7 to 8 million units this year but a new mainline Pokémon title would stretch to about 10-12 million units sold in year one

        • ForeVision

          That said though, it’s a rather slow starting train right now. If you’re done with Zelda and the other launch games aren’t your cup of tea, then there’s MK8 and Splatoon 2 for the foreseeable future. That said, I don’t know how well Splatoon will do, since it’s not a game I like.

          • masterjedi

            Splatoon was a major hit for WiiU and I think it should be considered a bonafide top IP for Nintendo now. It sold more than Bloodborne and The Order (both exclusive to the PS4) combined and at nearly 5 million copies sold, that’s nothing to sneeze at. Even if its not for you, which I know we’ve discussed in the past, I still think it should do exceedingly well for Switch. I personally think Splatoon 2 is going to rule the summer.

            And again, I think you’re underestimating the appeal of Arms. I believe that game is going to sell a million units if the multiplayer is good.

          • ForeVision

            I will buy ARMS myself, but save those particular Nintendo titles, I’m missing third-parties I’d like to see more of.

          • masterjedi

            Out of curiosity, what kinds of 3rd party games are you hoping for?

          • ForeVision

            A good question, some up-coming games from Square Enix, perhaps some stuff from Ubisoft that is more current and not Just-don’t (Just Dance) like For Honor. I may just be thinking in a different ballpark and that these games are not something that are to grace Nintendo systems since there simply isn’t a market for them, but other than that, RPGs, JRPGS, Action, the sort of titles that we are getting, just far later in the Switch’ lifespan.

            On the one hand, it’s a compliment that it’s a “Zelda machine” right now to a lot of people, but that also reflects just how much content there really is aside from Zelda.

          • masterjedi

            Well based on that I can see why you feel like there’s such a big gap between what you’re looking for and what’s actually coming. For a gamer with your tastes, I can see how the Switch lineup for the next few months is going to require some patience on your part. Hopefully the second half of the year pans out better for you!

          • ForeVision

            I do hope so as well, the games they have in the pipe line very much fit what I like, but it takes a while to get there, and I have too much time as is 😛

  • The truth-ier

    Gamestop says great things on every launch, the initial launch means nothing because even the wii u had a great launch. After the one game worth buying wears out, and these big exclusives like red dead 2 comes out on the two main systems….we will see how the sales continue.
    I applaud the site looking for good news, but launch news means nothing, all the hard core people are gonna buy it no matter what…wait 4-6 months and lets see.

    • Ryan Butler

      Wrong, the Wii U launch wasn’t great. Do you ever say anything that’s correct?

      • PRIMUS

        Ryan you spotted him well. He always has absurd comments.

    • Vive

      Wii U was fine at launch, not THAT great, judging Switch sales in the first week.

  • Saxo2712

    I don’t know. I bought the switch day one and have been loving BOTW. But what next? Yes a slow stream of games, but I would like some more must haves. With my 3ds, I have played all the must haves and am usually never hungry for a game. That happened with my wii u, not enough software, and I hope it doesn’t happen with the switch. Yes Mario kart hits next month and then splatoon, but I feel (for me) those are not going to keep me hooked like games on my 3ds (fire emblem, MH, hyrule Warriors, shin megami, xenoblades, steam world heist, etc.)

    • awng781

      A Nintendo Warriors game (FE Warriors), a new mainline Fire Emblem game, Xenoblade 2, and Shin Megami Tensei have been confirmed for the Switch and will all be released within the next 9-24 months. Monster Hunter is almost certainly coming to the Switch as well, if hints from the game’s director are to be believed.

      Unfortunately, none of these games are launch titles, so I understand the disappointment, but these franchises will see Switch entries soon.

      • PRIMUS

        Bro, how are you. My buddies from the now youtube channel player essence live here.

        • awng781

          I’ve been doing good 🙂

      • ForeVision

        I hope you’re right on that soon part, but really, I’d settle for just more information. The pre-order Switch page for my local retailer is so barren, you could tumble-weed rolling through it and that in and of itself would surprise you.

        • awng781

          I’d love more information as well. I guess that’s what E3 is for…(but hopefully info comes earlier).

    • zelgadis greywords

      mario kart-april; disgaea 5-May, arms-april to june, splatoon 2 july to september, then we have the E3 for all the anouncements that we will be getting until the next E3, FE heroes october, xenoblade end of year with mario oddisey in the same dates; I dont see the problem with the releases and i hate too much the sports game ( unless is a mario sport) to buy the NBa and fifa in the end of the year that will sell an extremely lot of consoles with them, specialy the later one

    • TheJuiciest

      3DS has been out for over half a decade and there were a number of very weak years in terms of software and a few years of very good software to balance it out. 3DS really shot itself in the foot with it’s poor launch. That’s why it stumbled and they had to do a big price cut soon after. It’s a nice platform now, but people forget so fast.

      There’s already a brand new mainline Xenoblade, Fire Emblem, Mario confirmed before E3 for Switch (not for release but within the first couple of years), with BotW, Splatoon, etc. out before that. Also brand new games from SMT, Warriors, Dragon Quest, etc. I don’t know how a 3DS fan can look at that and say, well that’s not very exciting.

    • masterjedi

      Again I think people are really underestimating the spacing of the content planned for the Switch this year.

      Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is going to sell well because of the increased multiplayer options on top of the fact that Kart always sells well and that’s not even 55 days after launch.

      People aren’t mentioning Arms as much as they should be but Nintendo is going to push the heck out of that game. That’s probably in June sometime.

      Splatoon 2 is summer so that’s likely July or August at the very latest.

      Then Nintendo ends the year with Mario Odyssey for Christmas which means November or December. Basically Nintendo has a major game every two months this first year. That’s really good.

      Plus FIFA and NBA 2K are coming sometime this year and those are both historically high sellers. Xenoblade is supposed to be this year as well although many seem to think it will be delayed. And then you have whatever the third party publishers have in mind plus all the Nindies. This first year is pretty darn stacked for Switch I think.

  • I’ve seen people say the switch is selling better than the Wii a lot, but are they accounting for the fact that there was and still is a really bad shortage of systems to sell? Because if you only send a story 38 consoles and they sell out immediately, then it appears like said console is selling extremely fast even though it may not be.

  • Man

    Bold statement is bold

  • BoredAtWork999

    The second they put an exclusive mainline Pokémon game on it, it’s really going to take off.

    Pokémon, Monster Hunter, Splatoon, Animal Crossing on the Switch… tell me how it doesn’t dominate in Japan.

  • Tlink7

    …the console hasn’t even been out for a month yet… Jumping to conclusions 101

    • ForeVision

      What’s your take on all this then T? And I’d like your take, personally, on the games currently available, as well as those available in the near future. (2-3 months down the line, not “release date 2017” or stuff further off)

      • Tlink7

        We need more time to assess how successful the Switch is before we start going ”THE CONSOLE IS GOING TO BE BIGGER THAN DA WII”. So preferably not less than three weeks after launch 😛 if the console is still selling like it is now around E3… then things will be looking good.

        As for games currently available… I haven’t been able to play any of them yet, so my opinion isn’t very valuable. The only games I currently care about are Zelda and Fast RMX.

        • ForeVision

          I get that part of unable to play them, well let me change my question a little bit: What’s your take on the amount, what we know is still coming, the time at which they’re coming, and how Nintendo is doing in regards to letting us know (E3 “kan de boom in” for now since it’s quite a while off)

          • Tlink7

            I feel the amount we are getting is rather little, but I can’t recall a console launch that was jam-packed with titles. The first few months will be a bit empty, but I will survive on Zelda xD I’m basically going to play that game to bits until Mario Odyssey arrives

          • ForeVision

            I duly hope it will last you that long, as someone who has played it quite a bit for 3-4 days, I found Ganon easily crushed, and now find even Silver Lynels to lose their edge (fully upgraded Barbarian armor). I get the aspect of exploration and finding “what’s over there” but I don’t like it when games basically put you in front of the final boss when you’ve crushed him and are like “go do all the other stuff” while being reminded that the boss is still there whenever you look in the vague direction of Hyrule Castle, and you’ve basically just teleported back in time for all intents and purposes.

            Maybe the DLC will give some tie-in to that, since there is a certain place in Zelda: Breath of the Wild that is strangely inaccessible, which people think could have to do with said DLC. As one cannot even access it, I doubt it’s a spoiler, so here’s the name of said place: In the Western corner of the map of the Gerudo Highlands you find Mount Agaat. Trying to get up there gives you the message “You can’t go that way”.

          • Tlink7

            Well I won’t have time to play the game all day erry day, so I think such a massive game will entertain me for quite a bit. I will probably kill Ganon as one of the final things.

          • ForeVision

            I thought so as well when it comes to the Ganon killing part, but I find myself with very little to do, so I was like “well, might as well continue going, try playing the game as Aonuma had envisioned” as in don’t seek your next objective as a I usually do, just go wherever and do whatever.

  • Dascylus

    It’s easy to lose momentum if software releases slow down. Need at least one major title every month during a launch year to keep people buying. That said, I’d advise people to buy a Switch before the holiday shopping season later in the year, otherwise it’ll be impossible to find again.

    • masterjedi

      Really? You think it needs a MAJOR title EVERY MONTH? My goodness that seems like Icarus flying too close to the sun. Most people can’t afford $720 a year on games. I think its bad business to release that many heavy hitters that close together because you then force the majority of consumers to decide which game they’re going to leave on the shelf since they can’t afford them all.

      I do agree with your other two points though. There does need to be a steady stream of software releases, I just disagree on what “steady stream” means. And yea, for sure try to pick one up before the holidays even if its meant to be a gift. Get it now while you can then just hold onto it.

    • Justmadeanaccount2

      PS4 didn’t have many good games for the first 2-3 years and sales never slowed down. It’s sad to say, but games don’t sell consoles, hype does. If games sold consoles Wii U would have sold well when it started to get those amazing games. Switch has build up too much buzz to fail at this point.

  • Blanco8x8

    If the Switch had a bigger launch than the Wii, then how come there isn’t as much media coverage for it?

    • PRIMUS

      We are playing Breath of the Wild, we have no time to write articles.

    • ben

      It is a different time of the year. The reason the wii got so much coverage is because it was the must have Christmas gift. The switch is releasing at a time of year not associated with “toys”

  • Aiddon

    Now to wait for those who will try to downplay its success because Nintendo isn’t allowed to be successful. Off to a good start at least with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe around the corner and Arms and Splatoon 2 over the summer. By the holidays it could have a stellar lineup with titles like Xenoblade 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and Fire Emblem Warriors

  • Bruno_Ostara

    Kinda sad that this comment section is always full of people answering seriously to the trolls, can’t we all just ignore them? It would lose all the fun for those people.

  • hi v3.0

    I’m not buying that it will be more successful than the Wii, but I can already see it doing better than 3DS

  • Locky Mavo

    An announcement for a mainline Pokémon and new Monster Hunter game on Switch is all that’s really needed now.

  • Justmadeanaccount2

    I’ve been saying this forever and people kept telling me I was getting carried away. Nintendo has built up far more buzz than Wii and PS4 had. The proof is in the youtube views. Casual people who know nothing about games are talking about this thing.

    • Taun

      Not only that, but the more people use it as a portable in public, the more free ‘advertising’ it gets.

  • Marco Albright

    Excellent!!