Nintendo sold more Zelda games than Switch consoles in March


After the reminder that later this month every Switch owner will purchase their second game for the console thanks to the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came a number of cool game announcements for 2017. Splatoon 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21st 2016. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold more than 1.3 million units in just a month, making it also the fastest-selling Zelda title ever. The record only applies to the United States market, not globally, a spokesman for the Kyoto-based company said.

The stock, which has climbed about 12 percent since the beginning of March, was up three percent at 26,005 yen at 10.31am in Tokyo. Nintendo launched the 3DS in March as well, and the handheld sold 440,000 units in its first week on sale in 2011. "With its various play modes and the innovative features of the Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch provides unique experiences that people can take with them anywhere and share with anyone". So unit sales are still moving for Breath of the Wild even when the systems aren't.

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The only answer for more copies of Zelda being sold than units of the Switch is fans are buying gear and games before they buy the Switch. Including the launching of the world's most powerful console, the Project Scorpio, alongside an incredible lineup of new Xbox One games.

Breath of the Wild quickly became one of the highest-reviewed games of all time when it launched with the Switch, which made everyone want to play it immediately. To put this into perspective, the the Xbox One sold 2 million units in 18 days whereas Sony sold 2.1 million units within 14 days. This makes the Switch the fastest selling console from Nintendo to date, though these numbers are within a "nontraditional month". Indeed, there was a limited edition of Breath of the Wild that contained some rare swag (specifically a Sheikah Slate carrying case, a Sheikah Eye collectible coin, the Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and weather-worn map, and a soundtrack CD).