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Nintendo Switch becomes U.S. fastest-selling console

Nintendo Switch becomes U.S. fastest-selling console Nintendo Switch becomes U.S. fastest-selling console
June Sullivan | 05 January, 2018, 13:58

The Nintendo Switch was the hottest gadget of 2017 and the only unambiguously successful new product of the year.

Nintendo announced today their Switch console has "become the fastest-selling home video game system in USA history".

The console has officially beaten out the original Wii's sales numbers from when it launched in the United States as well, leading to a ridiculously successful launch and what will remain a bustling part of the console's life cycle.

Nintendo held the previous record too, with its Wii U selling 4 million units in its first 10 months after launch in the US.

In keeping with Nintendo tradition, the Nintendo Switch looked like a bit of a risk when it launched in March 2017.

The Nintendo Switch made lots of people happy. The Switch had some stock issues earlier in the year, but it seems Nintendo's work to ramp up production is paying off as the console continues to sell well. The company has now increased its internal target for its first-year sales of the Switch to 16 million from 10 million.

Given the flop that was the ill-marketed "Wii U" console and add to the fact that engineers took a huge risk by employing an innovative dock/portable design and you can't help but do a giant Super Mario leap of joy. You can be playing a game in the vehicle on the way home, then continue playing on the TV once you get home.

Nintendo of course was pleased to point out that over 300 games have been released (physically and digitally) including titles like DOOM, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Stardew Valley and more. However, a reported delay in the manufacture of high-capacity Switch cartridges could restrict the flow of new games in 2018.

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