Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild Off to a Promising Start

Nintendo released their earnings report for the fiscal year ending March 31st, and it appears the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are both performing rather well. Surprisingly, the Wii U version is too.

From the console’s release on March 3rd up until March 31st, the Nintendo Switch has reportedly sold a healthy 2.74 million units worldwide, with 5.46 million units of software. This is better than even Nintendo anticipated, with their generous estimate of 2 million going into launch. Good for them.

Oddly enough, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold more units than the new console itself, with an impressive 2.76 million. I purchased Breath of the Wild two weeks before my Nintendo Switch, but still, that’s a surprising figure to read aloud.

The Legend of Zelda isn’t only selling well on the Nintendo Switch, however. When combined with the Wii U SKU, the total sales equate to 3.84 million units as of March 31st. That’s over a million copies sold on the Wii U.

The only other Nintendo Switch release noted in the earnings report is 1-2-Switch, which was merely said to be “generating buzz.” This could be an indication that the quirky launch title is performing under expectation. However, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has confirmed that 1-2-Switch is “on track to ship one million units very soon.”

Also of note from Kimishima is confirmation that Snipperclips, a digital-only title, has already been downloaded 350,000 times and Konami is finding success in Super Bomberman R, which has currently “shipped over 500,000 units.”

Are you surprised by the numbers thus far?

  • Adrienne Figenbaum

    It almost seems odd that one game can sell an entire system, but as someone who bought the original PlayStation for FFVII (like so many other people), the proof is in the sales! I really wish 1-2 Switch was a little more “buzzworthy.” If they lower the price at some point, it would definitely be something I’d look into

    • Bradley Keene

      My girlfriend and I played through all of the 1-2-Switch mini-games and none of them made us want to revisit them. Maybe a $20 price point would make it easier to swallow.

      I had my PS1 before FFVII, but that was definitely the game that made me start paying more attention to the console. Pre-FFVII it was just a handful of neat games, like Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Chronicles of the Sword, and Tekken 2 that held my interest. So I totally get waiting on PS1 for FFVII, haha.