The Switch became the fastest-selling console in Nintendo’s history just about a month after it launched, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Nintendo’s flagship console was the number one selling video game hardware device in October, according to new figures from NPD Group, a market research firm that tracks U.S. video game sales.
Between the Nintendo Switch, Super Nintendo Entertainment System [SNES] Classic, and the company’s line of 3DS handheld devices, Nintendo accounted for two-thirds of all video game hardware sold in the U.S. for the second month in a row. The news also comes just after Nintendo announced that it expects to sell 14 million Switch units by the end of March 2018, which is up from their initial estimate of 10 million units.
The Switch’s position as the top-selling game console probably won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has tried to purchase one in recent months, particularly over the summer. Tens of thousands of fans would line up at stores in Japan during July and August for a chance to buy the console, as The Wall Street Journal previously reported.
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Nintendo is ramping up its production efforts ahead of Black Friday, which is little more than a week away on Nov. 24. But that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the Switch will be easy to find.
“We’re going to have strong supply out there in the marketplace not only for [the] Switch, but for the SNES Classic as well,” says Reggie Fils-Aimé, president of Nintendo of America. “But the one thing we can’t fully account for is demand.”
Much of that success has been driven by the Switch’s game lineup, including titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and …read more
Source:: Time – Technology