The Nintendo Switch has seen the console reach unparalleled success in a record-breaking weekend for the Japan-based gaming technology company.
Never before has a Nintendo gaming console reached the quick success of the Nintendo Switch, and for good reason. With triple-A titles like Pokémon: Let’s Go, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, the hybrid console is the perfect holiday gift for gamers of all ages.
A Nintendo PR reports that the Nintendo Switch was one of the most purchased items online this past Thanksgiving weekend, making it also the best-selling Nintendo console of all time over the ever-important Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales days. Over the console’s lifetime, Nintendo has moved over eight million units.
The Nintendo Wii was once Nintendo’s surefire hit, garnering a thirst that couldn’t be quenched due to its limited stock and sporadic supply. With the Switch, Nintendo seems to have learned their lesson, as the console is readily available at any given major retailer, despite the record-breaking sales numbers of the tablet hybrid.
Nintendo went on to report that they sold over $250 million of their products over Thanksgiving weekend 2018, including the Switch, 3DS, NES Classic, SNES Classic, and console accessories. This number in and of itself is the kind that video game console developers dream of.
Some of the best selling games on the Nintendo Switch were updates on older entries, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Wii U sequel Splatoon 2. Super Mario Party was also a Switch best-seller, making Nintendo’s race to the finish of Q4 2018 a skate in the park.
The 3DS has not seen many major first-party releases as of late, but the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Pokémon games continue to perform well into the handheld’s final breaths, selling over $2 million in combined sales. Since their release, the Pokémon: Let’s Go games earned Nintendo over 1.5 million units sold in the U.S. alone.
Nintendo anticipates an incredible return on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a game that has surpassed all over pre-orders for past Nintendo games. The brawler releases for the Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018, likely bolstering Switch holiday sales all the more.