Nintendo Switch Sells Nearly a Million Units in United States

More people buy 'Breath of the Wild' for Switch than actually own the console

Nintendo sells 906,000 units of Nintendo Switch in United States Credit: Nintendo

According to figures released by Nintendo today, the Switch sold over 906,000 unites in the United States in March, making it the fastest selling video game system in the company's history. This is very close to the numbers Sony revealed for the launch of the PlayStation 4 in 2013, for which pre-orders accounted for 1 million units.

The company added that it had sold 1.3 million copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 925,000 on Nintendo Switch and a further 460,000 on Wii U. And no, that isn't a typo – they sold more copies of the game on Switch than there are hardware units. There are clearly a lot of Zelda fans that either bought multiple copies – perhaps a standard and limited edition – or (more likely) there are people that grabbed a copy of the game in anticipation of receiving the hardware, which is still very hard to come by.

"While Nintendo Switch sales are off to a record-breaking start, shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand," the statement says. "Nintendo is working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped."