Nintendo has revealed that its hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, broken a new record. The gaming company announced that the console is now the all-time fastest-selling console in the U.S. history.
The company revealed just how many devices they've sold and the time frame they are counting from.
"The home console that players can take wherever they go launched March 3, 2017, and in 10 months has sold more than 4.8 million units in the United States, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures.”
That is the highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game console in U.S. history, including consoles from Sony and Microsoft. According to Nintendo, this surpasses the previous record held by their Wii system, which was released back in 2006 and sold more than 4 million units during the same period.
This news comes after a wildly successful year for Nintendo. In addition to the popularity and demand for the hybrid console, Nintendo also released several hit titles. These included games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which received major critical acclaim, and the multiplayer ink-shooter Splatoon 2. On Oct. 27, the company released Super Mario Odyssey, which garnered the same attention.
Where Can Nintendo Go From Here?
It may be tough for Nintendo to top what they accomplished in 2017. The gaming company released a console everyone wanted to get their hands on and further kept gamers interested with a plethora of worthwhile titles. Nintendo isn't worried, though, as the company plans to keep the momentum going with quality franchise titles coming in 2018.
Reggie Fils-Aimé, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, says that the company is working toward bringing Switch users new and exciting games in 2018.
"A key tenet for the first ten months of Nintendo Switch was making sure we had a steady cadence of fantastic content," Fils-Aimé said. "For calendar 2018 and beyond, our focus is the same. We need to make sure we've got a cadence of great content to motivate the consumer, and we're going to continue to announce the details of those games in due time, and on a rolling basis.”
The company has already teased a few titles coming for 2018, which fans will be excited for. These games include a new Kirby title, a new entry to Bayonetta, as well as Yoshi. The company further expects releases from big third-party publishers such as EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Activision, and more.