Analyst company SuperData has just released a report announcing Nintendo’s latest video game console, the Switch, made through its first release month with 2.4 million sales. This is considered to be higher than initial expectations and forecast, as SuperData originally believed that the console could sell only about 2 millions. Another report from research company The NPD Group shows that Nintendo Switch had been sold 906,000 console units in May, higher than PS4 and Xbox One. On the other hand, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch’s launch title – had been managed to have 925,000 copies sold in March.
Based on these figures, SuperData projects that Nintendo Switch will have 7.2 million units sold in 2017, which is considerably higher than original forecast (5 millions in 2017). If the console can reach this goal, it will also reach half of Wii U sales during its lifetime (13.56 million units). Many experts believe that the goal can easily be achieved, as Nintendo has prepared a long line-up of upcoming games such as Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and various third-party games.
Nintendo Switch was launched in March 2017 with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild served as its first title to be available in the market. The console was released when there are uncertainties of Nintendo’s future as a console manufacturer, especially after the failure of Switch’s predecessor, Wii U. There were even some rumors that pointed the dissatisfaction from Japanese investors and shareholders as they wanted the company to focus more on the growing mobile gaming market.