Breath of the Wild has out-sold the Switch somehow

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
Photo credit: Nintendo

From Digital Spy

In a reversal of the usual fortune for consoles and their launch titles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild appears to have out-sold the Nintendo Switch in the US.

The Switch has experienced a stellar first month of sales across the Atlantic, selling 906k copies in 28 days. This makes it Nintendo's fastest-ever selling console in the region.

"The Nintendo Switch system sold more than 906,000 units in March, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States," read a press release from Nintendo.

"That makes Nintendo Switch one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time. Notably, this sales surge was accomplished in a nontraditional month for a console launch."

It's an impressive figure, especially given that the console suffered supply shortages throughout March. By comparison, the Wii U sold 890k units in 41 days, and that system was released during the pre-Christmas period known to boost sales.

Somehow Breath of the Wild for Switch actually managed to surpass the console for which it was made, selling 925,000 copies in the same period. That's 19,000 superfluous copies of the game which presumably are going completely unused.

It's suspected that many eager fans purchased two copies of the game; one to use and another the keep as a collector's item.

Breath of the Wild is currently ranked as the 17th highest-rated game of all time on Metacritic. Savvy customers hoarding a perfect condition collector's edition have probably made a wise investment.

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