Switch Smashes Nintendo Sales Records

Beats first two days US sales records set by the Wii, 'Zelda' is best-selling launch title ever

Launch line at the flagship Nintendo World store in New York Credit: Glixel

Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President, has revealed that the new Switch console beat previous records for first two-day sales in the US. The second biggest? The Wii way back in November 2012.

The news was shared by Nick Wingfield, New York Times reporter, after an interview. He also revealed that The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is the best-selling standalone launch title ever too. That's not surprising given that right now the Switch is basically being sold as a Zelda machine, with other iconic Nintendo titles like Mario not due until later in the year. 

Nintendo hasn't released any numbers just yet but the machine at least appears to be a hit, if the empty shelves and reseller market is anything to go by. (Buy It Now prices on auction site eBay are currently hovering around the $500-600 starting point.) Not bad for a machine released in March, rather than in the crazed-parent Christmas season. 

Only time will tell if the sales surge for the Switch will continue and if it'll get close to Wii lifetime sales numbers. By the end of 2016 the Wii had sold around 101.63 million units worldwide, according to Nintendo, the Wii U only managed 13.56 million.