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Switch sold through 95% of its initial shipment in Japan

Posted on March 11, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Various information about Switch’s debut sales have been coming this week. In its first three days, the console is estimated to have sold around 330,000 units.

Dengeki now reports that Switch sold through 95 percent of its initial shipment. Given that, as well as how it’s tough to find in stores, the system’s first shipment is almost entirely depleted. That means when next week’s sales are reported, Switch is likely going to have a major drop off – so don’t panic when you see the numbers.

By the way, on another interesting note, Dengeki says that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has an attach rate of 60.8 percent with Switch. That’s higher than the rate for Twilight Princess and Wii at 35.9 percent.

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  • lpfm

    Does anyone know the attach rate of Wii, Wii U, PS4, 3DS,…?

    • The truth-ier

      during the same period i hope…the attach rate of a huge install base like the ps4 isnt really a fair comparison.

    • awng781

      All of those platforms except the Wii had a roughly 1:1 attach rate at launch.

      Nintendo actually sold a little bit more 3DS hardware than software at launch, resulting in a 0.95:1 attach rate at launch.

  • The truth-ier

    the sales will continue to decline like the wii u did…. and japan doesnt even matter anymore.

    • Stuart

      Japan is the place were the 3DS sold almost 23 million so far. Japan does matter. A lot.

      • Jimmy Boy

        more than any other region, a first for a Nintendo handheld as usually the more populated Western regions buy more!

    • Vive

      Japan i think it’s the first market for Nintendo especially with the Switch considering how successfull are handheld consoles there.

    • Tlink7

      What do you base this on? Oh right, conjecture.

      Next…

      • Usama Notkani

        He is a new troll here

        • nemo37

          He is not new actually, he just changed his account name (you can see his previous account name on his Disqus profile), he has been on this site and other video game sites since 2012 (at least).

    • masterjedi

      You often have something negative to say and the crazy part is a lot of your posts are just completely off base. Japan doesn’t matter? There are 120 million people over there!

      • and how many eldery people live in Japan don’t play video games? I do agree matter because they’re huge fans of Sony and Nintendo.

    • hi v3.0

      22 million 3DS sold in Japan 😉

    • Suraimu

      What do you mean doesnt matter anymore? Whats that supposed to mean?
      Stop parroting shitposts and learn to think for yourself.

    • nemo37

      Actually Japan is a huge video game market and has a lot of key developers so it matters a lot despite the fact that your favorite system (the XOne for those who have seen this guy’s asinine comments elsewhere) has completely failed in that market.

      “Sales will continue to decline…”. Actually a decline in sales would not be unusual considering the system has launched in March and a major decline is inevitable considering the system sold though 95% of its stock (funny you missed that part). What is perplexing is your use of the word “continue” because there is nothing in this article indicating that it is declining right now.

      I await your next crazy comment on the next Media Create sales post where sales have declined due to low stock and you attempt to spin it as something it is not (but then again I am pretty sure I will see you on a Playstation news page sooner, where I am sure, just as before, you will whine about how the media is biased against Xbox One and is favoring Playstation) .

      • Actually is a great season because your tax return in Japan after March/April I think Nintendo did great job to release worldwide, of course holidays you sell more than tax season.

    • See, I understand real conversation, debate and constructive criticism. But why are needlessly negative people like you not just blocked? You’re basically a troll.

    • SOMEGUY7893 .

      I mean, you do know that Nintendo is a Japanese company right?

    • Japan is a good market, still matter in some aspects but the child birth declines each year, will tough for Japanese companies deal with that.

    • Zlyphor

      Japan has an even bigger portable console market than North America. Just look at the Vita. It’s still selling pretty well there while Sony abanonded it in the west.

  • Wanderlei

    Jeez, had great launch but seems it was supply limit that stop it being even higher.

    • Tlink7

      Can’t magick infinite consoles, (un)fortunately :C

    • Japan always had a great launch.

  • Tlink7

    Give me one of the 5% ;-;

    • Bradley

      Tlink are you finding it hard to get the console? I don’t know if you will find any in your region but I got mine directly from nintendo because it was not available anywhere else

      • Tlink7

        Nintendo doesn’t sell things directly in the Netherlands, unfortunately (last time I checked, it was just like chargers :C )

        • Bradley

          Sorry about that, I actually just checked the uk store and its not available anymore, I must have been very lucky or something

          • Tlink7

            It isn’t your fault, mr Brrrrrrrradley <3

          • Bradley

            I hope you get yours soon enough, that may date from Forevision is depressing honestly.

          • ForeVision

            Yeah it caught me by complete surprise as well. I half-heartedly reserved the Switch at first, during the period when many things were still up in the air, and I had serious doubts (most of these doubts are dispelled, but reports like those from Dragon Quest 1-2 are still worrying). That reserve did net me the console, with many others still fishing behind the net for one, so I hope they fill stock quickly, so people can boost the sales more, and keep the cycle of good figures and people on the fence jumping off to join in rolling.

          • Bradley

            I really hope the switch is full of surprises and is able to do a lot more than what we see, before the video by digitalfoundry I got the Dragon quest demo from the japan store and was completely saddened by its poor performance but such a thing was easily placed in my mind as a quick port to make money on the launch date, I just hope everything works out in the end.

          • ForeVision

            It just reflects poorly on the Switch with such a port, and not to mention Square Enix. I for one, wouldn’t have minded to wait a little longer for a good, working version, rather then a rushed-out need for one’s money.

    • ForeVision

      Not sure where you live T, but I had no issues getting it around where I’m at. Maybe you can order it around Nijmegen and have them bring it to you?

      • Tlink7

        Yeah ;-; I have been looking at multiple near-by places, but to no avail unfortunately…

        • ForeVision

          Let us hope the big N ships to our small country again soon eh? That said, whenever I look at stores, all I see is want for the Switch, which can only be a good thing, yet a sad thing when considering those who don’t have one yet.

          • Tlink7

            I usually do so as well, but I didn’t have money on hand for pre ordering. I am glad the Switch is popular though, let’s hope this is the start of a shining new Nintendo era 😀

          • ForeVision

            With lots of good games, from developers who don’t make a big fuss about specs and such. It’s a good machine, and I’m happy I bought mine.

            But yes, I would like, to in the future see others who are on the fence jump in, I mean for crying out loud, most people are waiting to get their hands on one, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping any-time soon, especially if their plan of steady game releases pays off (and Monster Hunter, since that sells loads in Japan alone)

          • Bradley

            I really hope so

  • hi v3.0

    Wow and here I thought BOTW did not do that well in Japan but comparing to TP … O.O

    • Taun

      I’m wondering if that number includes digital sales? If it doesn’t, then the attach rate would be even higher.

    • TP was made with the Western audience in mind and didn’t do very well in Japan. WW on the otherhand faired way better (and was made with the Japanese audience in mind).

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        Though WW almost killed Legend of Zelda as a franchise at the time. TP, despite what people might feel about it, did indeed save the franchise at the time and keep it alive strongly.

        • NeptuniasBeard

          The Wind Waker didn’t exactly measure up to Nintendo’s expectations, but it was NOWHERE close to actually killing the franchise. Zelda was far too big, even back then, to be threatened by one game.

        • In Japan, yeah. I think its performance in Japan helped but in all, it did hurt it true. Right. People don’t want to admit that about TP. You can not like it but still acknowledge its importance.

          • masterjedi

            Twilight Princess actually is the game that made me a Zelda fan.

          • it was MM for me, but I have a special place in my heart for TP~.

          • Bradley

            Reading all the comments from this chain makes me feel like that weird guy from the weird generation, the very first console I was able to get by myself was the wiiu, I tried wind waker on it and…….I felt bored at one point and never finished it (please all the zelda fans forgive me), I tried the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the 3ds and well……. I couldn’t play past the deku tree, my best Zelda game is currently the Breath of the wild but I don’t know if that means anything considering the fact that my previous best zelda game was a Link between worlds followed by four swords which I played as a wee lad XD

          • I think all Zelda experiences are worthwhile~. And BotW is a really stand-out game, so that’s totally legit, lol. I think OoT is relatively timeless, but it also isn’t as important to me as MM. Zelda fandom is funny because everything is so all over the place, lol. x’D

          • Bradley

            Majora’s mask is another one I have not tried, one day I will try it as well, at least let me know the experience even though I can’t beat it 🙂

          • I hope you enjoy it!

          • Caio_RB

            No, WW was a sucess in the world lol It was in the expectations of nintendo.

  • Jon Turner

    Oh great, so the Switch is going to go from being a smash launch to another failure for Nintendo, all because they won’t restock in time. How swell.

    • masterjedi

      Wow your definition of failure is much different than mine.

      • Jon Turner

        Sorry, I was just grousing. I’m just concerned that Switch will become another WiiU failure because of low shipments and demand will die.

  • Fernando Silva

    What is an attach rate?

    • masterjedi

      How many copies of a game were purchased for a specific system. So if everyone who bought a Switch also bought Zelda for the Switch, Zelda would have a 100% attach rate for the Switch.

      • Jimmy Boy

        total games sold divided by systems sold- show your work! LOL

  • ibo

    it seems a bit low..

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      Well Nintendo themselves only manufactured 2 million for worldwide. Can’t blame Nintendo for under stocking though since the Wii U barely sold any of it’s initial shipment and had way too many that didn’t sell.

      • True, Nintendo is carefully now.

    • Stuart

      LOL it’s like the second or third time I see you commenting in a Switch-related article exactly that: “it seens a bit low..”

      I mean,what are even good numbers, man?

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        Don’t you know? If you don’t sell as much as PS4 did in it’s first week, your console is dead. Look at Wii U and Xbox One, dead. (Jokes aside Wii U was a confusing under-powered mess and Xbox killed themselves before release).

    • So what you was expecting?

      • ibo

        i was expecting it to sale 96% of its initial shipment

  • ForeVision

    Well, I know that locally they’re on their 5th shipment, due for May… damn, I better count myself lucky then, also Nintendo, you need to start shipping some more 😛

  • awng781

    Expect 2nd week Switch sales to drop off due to lack of supply.

    Also expect a few people on this forum to proclaim “Nintendoomed” due to the lack of understanding regarding what “supply vs demand” is.

    • Stuart

      Yes,you got that right my friend. Prepare yourself for the trolling in the next week when the news of the weekly sales from Japan arrives.

      • Jimmy Boy

        should be a steady number for week 3- possibly even lower as stock becomes harder and harder to find (pretty sure 500,000 units was the total allotted to Japan for the launch month).

    • Jon Turner

      Maybe I’d better steer clear for that time period.