It’s official Nintendo’s Switch has been selling like hotcakes during its launch year, and now it is crowned the ‘fastest-selling home console’ in US history.
According to The NPD Group, the Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling home console in US history. On March 3rd, Switch celebrated its one year anniversary. Unfortunately, no specific quantitative details have been officially released, as they typically are released at the end of each fiscal quarter.
For fans who have been following Nintendo news, this may come as no surprise. Earlier this year, shortly after the 10-month mark, Switch was already announced as the fastest-selling console with 4.8 million units sold. As of the end of last year, Switch has sold 14.86 million units worldwide. While it was on track to achieve the major milestone, there was no guarantee that it would break the previous record and take home the title. But now this news makes it officially the fastest-selling home console in the United States over a 12-month span.
Interestingly, the fastest-selling portable crown is also held by Nintendo with the Game Boy Advance. Even though the Switch is a hybrid home console and portable, it is officially being classified as a home console. In the wake of the disastrous and lackluster sales of the Wii U, this represents a remarkable turnaround for Nintendo. Nintendo has delivered an amazing first-year lineup of games for the Switch from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to Super Mario Odyssey and top-notch third-party releases like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Skyrim and Rocket League to name a few.
The innovative hybrid nature of the Switch is another reason for its tremendous success. There is simply nothing else on the market quite like it, so Nintendo has in effect created a blue ocean of sorts. Many believe it now has the potential to challenge the original Wii sales, which sold over 102 million units over its lifetime.
Surprisingly, despite this huge win, Sony’s PlayStation took home the honors of best-selling console for the month of February 2018 after many months of dominance from Nintendo. But with the announcement of fan-favorites Super Smash Bros. and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus among a ton of fantastic indie games like Celeste, it could propel Nintendo back into the pole position. Nintendo may need to add a couple more heavy-hitters to strengthen its lineup but Super Smash Bros. alone could be enough to seal the deal. PlayStation benefited hugely from the release of Monster Hunter: World, which is the best-selling video game of 2018 to date.
For the month of February, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe overtook Super Mario Odyssey as the best-selling Nintendo Switch game. This is the first time it has reclaimed the top spot since May 2017.
Best-Selling Video Games for February 2018 (US):
(1). Monster Hunter: World (PS4 / Xbox One)
(2). Call of Duty: WWII (PS4 / Xbox One / PC)
(3). NBA 2K18 (PS3 /360 /PS4 /Xbox One / PC)
(4). Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4 / Xbox One / PC)
(5). Grand Theft Auto V (PS3 / 360 / PS4 / Xbox One / PC)
(6). Shadow of Colossus (PS4)
(7). EA Sports UFC 3 (PS4 / Xbox One)
(8). Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PS4 / Xbox One / PC)
(9). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
(10). Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)