Nintendo Switch has sold around 80,000 units in the UK during its opening weekend and that is double the amount the Wii U sold in it’s open weekend in the UK which was 40,000. It’s not as high as 3DS’ debut, which was 113,000 according to Nintendo. Nor does it come close to the PS4 launch (250,000) or the Xbox One launch (150,000).
3DS’ sales fell off sharply after its launch weekend, for instance. That machine had a busy launch line-up and then little else for months and Nintendo will hope the upcoming launches of Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2 and Arms will avoid a similar fate for its new device. By the time we hit Christmas we will have a better idea of where the console is headed. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was this week’s second-best selling boxed game, with a large proportion of Switch owners picking up a copy of the title.
In the latest Top 10 UK charts Nintendo has 3 titles in the top 10 which are Zelda at #2, 1-2 surprisingly at #4, and Super Bomberman R at #7. That’s ahead of games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, Forza Horizon 3, etc.
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|New Entry||1||Horizon: Zero Dawn|
|New Entry||2||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|
|3||3||Grand Theft Auto V|
|New Entry||4||1-2 Switch|
|New Entry||7||Super Bomberman R|
|5||9||Sniper Elite 4|
The first weekend of the Switch in the UK is a good sign that the console won’t be another failure like the Wii U. Apparently the console has been selling out in NA and Japan, but Europe was the one area where it was struggling at the start.