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Acclaimed Mario and Legend of Zelda Titles Lead Strong Game Lineup, Fuel Continued Momentum

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling home video game system in U.S. history. 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’s the highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in U.S. history, surpassing Nintendo’s own Wii system, which was the previous record holder with more than 4 million units sold during the same timeframe.

“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”

A strong library of games continues to fuel momentum for Nintendo Switch. In the U.S., more than 60 percent of Nintendo Switch owners have Super Mario Odyssey, and over 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not only are these games system-sellers, but they’re also two of the highest-rated games in history. Nintendo Switch owners also possess the fun, competitive games Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 at rates of more than 50 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

More than 300 games created by third-party developers have already launched for Nintendo Switch. These include big-name brands like FIFA 18 from Electronic Arts, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Just Dance 2018 from Ubisoft, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition from Mojang, L.A. Noire from Rockstar Games, NBA 2K18 from 2K Games, Sonic Mania from SEGA, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Capcom, Rocket League from Psyonix and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and DOOM from Bethesda. Nintendo Switch has also received strong support from indie developers, with a steady stream of favorites like SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form, Golf Story from Sidebar Games, Overcooked Special Edition from Team17 Digital Ltd and Stardew Valley from Chucklefish LTD.

This year, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to Nintendo-published games like Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and a new game starring Yoshi. Fans can also expect continued support from major publishers such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, SEGA, Take 2 and Bethesda, plus a growing catalog of quality content from indie developers.

In other news, I bought a Switch for my Son with Breath of the Wild for Christmas and a 128gb SD card. I eventually plan on getting SM Odyssey as well.

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I got a Switch over Christmas. So far I only have Mario Odyssey (really enjoying it) but I plan to get some more games later.

Posted January 4th by Moonray

I also got a Switch for Christmas and only have Odyssey. Zelda is probably next and I will actually take it on the go (I don't with Mario). I feel like besides these two games and maybe Arms and Splatoon I don't have much for it yet. I am looking forward to the new No More Heroes game and Bayonetta 3. The Switch will be mostly a first party/exclusive console for me.

Posted January 4th by Fox Forever

I hope that 3rd party developers treat the switch as a good platform for original and AAA IP's and don't treat it like they did the Wii and overload it with shovelware. I feel like I've said this before......

Posted January 4th by Q

Congrats! I wonder what the lifetime sales are though

Posted January 4th by ShadowFox08

Do any of you guys ever think Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love will be released for the Switch?

Posted January 4th by Welsh_Gamer

Doubt it, it was made on the DS with 2 screens in mind. Switch only has one and I am not sure it was popular enough for Nintendo to port it.

Posted January 5th by Q

maybe Arms
do it do it do it

make it a belated gift to yourself

Posted January 5th by Pirate_Ninja

Is arms really that good?

Posted January 5th by Q

Nintendo is king again, surprising only those that lack faith.

I turn thirty this year and as such I am much too old to be a console warrior... but by that same token I am probably supposed to be too old to appreciate the concentrated joy Nintendo managed to pack inside Mario Odyssey. With that in mind I encourage everyone to review the thread linked below. Careful not to drink these tears too deep though, because this stuff is practically seawater.
Nintendo were never on their way out, and they were never going to go third party to peddle their wares on more conventional platforms. The future of the console industry cannot merely be an arms race to be the next best (and yet inescapably inferior) alternative to a personal computer, and the height of its ambition should not rest at producing multimedia devices that just happen to also play video games. The myopia of Nintendo's competition, and of gaffers circa 2005, proves in my mind how good Nintendo has been for the health of this industry. I'd go so far as to say that the Nintendo of the 2000s and 2010s will prove to have been far more historically significant than the Nintendo of the 1990s, which is of course the one most of us grew up on.

Not all of Nintendo's experiments have been successful, of course, but everything they've made in the last fifteen years has at least been interesting. I loved the DS and Wii. I liked the Wii U well enough, and while the 3D effect on the 3DS didn't work with my eyes (and 3DS polygons are overall not very pleasing to look at) I've still managed to enjoy all sorts of good software on it. Shadows of Valentia was my favorite game from last year.

Nintendo Forever would be a good name for me if it had not already been taken by our long absent connoisseur of Britney Spears gifs. One wonders what she thinks of the Switch.

EDIT: Look at how embarrassing this image is in retrospect!

Edited January 5th by Famov

"I turn thirty this year and as such I am much too old to be a console warrior... but by that same token I am probably supposed to be too old to appreciate the concentrated joy Nintendo managed to pack inside Mario Odyssey."

Speak for yourself, I am 34 and I still love Nintendo and other games. I am probably more picky now than when I was younger though but I have recently been hunting down older video games that I used to play as a kid. I recently picked up Xtreme-G and 1080 Snowboarding on N64 and doom on SNES.

I feel like i'll be 70 and still playing video games.

Posted January 5th by Q

Bunch of old geezers out here.

I'll still be gaming at 30. It will be mostly nintendo stuff I'm sure.

Posted January 5th by S.o.h.

"Bunch of old geezers out here."

Tell me about it, I've been around long enough to see Nintendo go from the NES to the Switch.

Posted January 5th by Q

I'm 30 now and have been trapped in a 2+ year loop of just going through Dark Souls, so, still gaming, but not a whole lot of stuff, sadly! (I'm sure at some point I'll put it down and play something else.)

I'm still not personally sold on the Switch. It looks neat, but similar to the Wii in that I will likely be into it for one or two games, finish those, and then never use it again. The handheld aspect doesn't really sell it for me because I'm not a mobile gamer. Motion controls are still a thing that don't quite work for me in terms of maximizing fun (minus a few exceptions). The joycons individually look hella uncomfortable and tiny, so I don't imagine using it to play multiplayer games with those. And while I am definitely interested in Breath of the Wild, Mario has never been my cup of tea (not a big platformer guy), and it seems as though there might wind up being the traditional lack of third party developers on the Switch (which I hope I'm wrong about, but I'm still led to believe the Nintendo console is something you get for Nintendo games specifically.)

All that said, I'll never complain about Nintendo's success (well, except when they artificially create "demand" by intentionally under-producing units of their Classics). The industry is definitely better with Nintendo in it, even if I don't personally find myself interested in their new hardware and only a small handful of games. Diversity in technology and game choices will never be bad for the industry.

Posted January 5th by Jet Presto

dark souls 2 years


Just kidding I poured hours upon hours in that game before I got my fix. I still havent fully played and beaten Dark Souls 3. I am waiting for a potential switch port in the future.

Posted January 5th by S.O.H.

yeah, they get a lot of shit (some of it well-deserved), but they certainly haven't lost their ability to put good stuff out there. I don't really need a $600 entertainment-center-in-a-box-sorta - all those other features are secondary to "I wanna play some fun games." And they definitely still deliver on that front.

Is arms really that good?
depends on your interests, honestly. I'd openly encourage checking it out in defiance of the noisy crowd of internet weirdos who have some sort of grudge against it (the sort who'd respond to every update video with shit like "arms is dead give up nintendo where is pokemon stars").

I play ARMS in spurts and have a good time, never have trouble finding an active room for party mode or an opponent in 1v1 ranked matches. Single-player's not incredibly expansive or anything, but it's a fighting game so that's no shock. It's a unique 3D fighting game that looks good and has a fun personality to it.

it's the sort of game with pick-up-and-play surface simplicity (no special moves with quarter-circle inputs or anything) and a good deal of customization that lets you figure out what style works for you. Each character has their own base attributes and abilities (Master Mummy slowly heals while blocking, Ribbon Girl gets multiple midair jumps, etc.), and you can unlock dozens of different ARMS to assemble your custom loadout (you decide on a set of three that you can mix/match at the start of each round).

...typing about it made me want to play

Posted January 5th by Pirate_Ninja

I'm only 27 and I have no intention of stopping my gameplay, although I've slowed down somewhat. Once I get that job and a place and unpacked I feel that I will have some more time. I still managed to rack up 125 hours of Stardew, 10 hours of Mario Odyssey, and 20 hours of Dead Rising 4 last month.

As for Arms, will likely get it. My problem is that I always don't jump on the fighting game train fast enough. By the time I do get around to it there's usually only veterans who can own your ass still playing.

Posted January 5th by Fox Forever

I feel like i'll be 70 and still playing video games.

if the nintedo switch has a last long of 70 years lol

Edited January 5th by Brandy

He said video games in general not just Nintendo switch games :)

Edited January 5th by s.o.h.

My NES is 30+ years old, my snes is 20+ and my N64 around 20 and all 3 still work perfectly. So who knows, maybe the switch will last another 36 years. Cart based systems last a long time due to less moving parts to fail.

Edited January 5th by Q

My SNES worked longer than the cartridges did.

Posted January 5th by Jet Presto

Your cartridges stopped working? I've actually never had one die one me, however a couple years ago I did order a Sega Genesis cart that didn't work on arrival no matter how much I cleaned it.

Posted January 5th by Q

I'm only 27 and I have no intention of stopping my gameplay, although I've slowed down somewhat. Once I get that job and a place and unpacked I feel that I will have some more time. I still managed to rack up 125 hours of Stardew, 10 hours of Mario Odyssey, and 20 hours of Dead Rising 4 last month.

Fox Forever, are we friends on Switch?

Anyway, according to Famitsu, lifetime sales of the switch in Japan has surpassed that of the Wii U! Crazy!!

Famitsu's superior Week 52 (25 Dec 17 - 31 Dec 17) figures. Still waiting on Media Create, but it's probably a similar thing (Correction: unless MC track 152k+ Switch sales, it won't overtake until next year).

The Wii U pretty much finished selling at 3.3 million units in Japan. It sold 69 units in Week 52, putting it's total at 3.301,555.

The Switch sold 115,255 units during Week 52, putting it ahead at 3,407,158 just before year's end.

Posted January 6th by ShadowFox08

Nah I only have 4 people on switch. I'll add you though! Not at my switch atm.

Posted January 6th by Fox Forever

Well, ok, it wasn't that the cartridges stopped working as much as their batteries died so I can't save any data. I don't have the equipment to replace them, and at this point, I'll probably just download them elsewhere.

Posted January 6th by Jet Presto

cool. Here's my FC:

Posted January 6th by ShadowFox08


Posted January 7th by Fox Forever

I really wish Nintendo would create a user name based account service like Xbox Live and PSN instead of friend codes.

Posted January 7th by Q

it's really great because they already made both Nintendo Network IDs and Nintendo Accounts but no, go on and enjoy your twelve digit code

good on them for realizing that "search for users you met online" should exist, but they're missing the bigger picture

also add me SW-6100-4933-0242

Posted January 7th by Pirate_Ninja

i'm even tempted towards a Switch since they teased new Ace Attorny content.

Posted January 7th by tnu

the switch is amazing mainly because so many of the games have actual fucking split screen. video games are meant to be played on the couch with friends

arms is pretty fun but it seems a little shallow - i'd wait for the price to go down.

i want mario and crawl next but i can't justify paying for more games before i play the ones i have some more

Posted January 7th by poptart!

"i want mario and crawl next but i can't justify paying for more games before i play the ones i have some more"

I know the feeling.

Posted January 8th by Q

For Switch to continue it's momentum they'll want to get a smash bros out this year even if it's a port of the other one with goodies like they did with Mario kart. Mario Maker couldn't hurt either. Open up the virtual console and sell all classics including gamecube. Take advantage of those finished games on the Wii u while your devs work hard on the next Marios, Zeldas, and pokemons. Flip out wind waker, twilight princess, don't let it be a weak year. Make it the year of Wii u's evolution into switch.

Posted January 8th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

Speaking of Wii U, I have quite a few Wii U games to play.

Posted January 8th by Q

ARMS is much better off since its release back in June. Patches are pushed out frequently with extra characters and modes, as well as typical QoL fixes.

If you enjoy fighting games, I'd recommend trying out a friend's copy. This game isn't for everyone.

Posted January 8th by Axem Metal
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