Nintendo Switch officially now the fastest-selling video game console ever

Nintendo Switch officially now the fastest-selling video game console ever

The Nintendo Switch on display at a pop-up display room in Madison Square Park, New York, March 2017.

Business Wire has announced that the Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling console in USA history.

Nintentdo's Switch is a revolutionary hybrid device which enables users to play as a handheld item, or on their TVs.

But just as Nintendo had followed its 2001 GameCube - then outpaced by the Xbox and PlayStation 2 - with 2006's blockbuster Wii, the Switch is hot on the heels of lifetime Wii U sales and could prove bothersome to both Microsoft and Sony. It was followed closely by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild (owned by 55% of Switch owners/2.6 million copies), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (owned by 50% of Switch owners/2.4 million copies), and Splatoon 2 (owned by 20% of Switch owners/almost a million copies).

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Since the system became available on March 3, 2017, Nintendo has sold almost 5 million units in the U.S. That 10-month pace surpasses the previous record holder, the Nintendo Wii, which came out in 2006. This surpasses the Nintendo Wii at 4 million and is the "highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in US history".

Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's President and COO. The company has now increased its internal target for its first-year sales of the Switch to 16 million from 10 million.

As part of the announcement, the consolemaker also revealed a few impressive sales figures for a handful of first-party games.

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