Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switch units worldwide, Zelda at 3.84 million

Nintendo’s complete financial results for the 2016 fiscal year have been published this morning, and the company shared precise shipment numbers for its latest software and hardware sales. Among those, the two main numbers that investors looked at were of course the number of Nintendo Switch units and copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold worldwide since their launch on March 3rd. Here they are:

  • Nintendo Switch – Total hardware shipments worldwide = 2.74 Million Units (North America = 1.2M / Europe = 940K / Japan = 600K)
  • Nintendo Switch – Total software sales worldwide = 5.46 Million
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Total software sales worldwide = 3.84 Million (Switch = 2.76M / Wii U = 1.08M)

As previously stated, this numbers confirm the overwhelming success of Nintendo’s latest hardware. The side release of Zelda’s latest game massively contributed to sales, with a software/hardware adoption rate of more than 100% (i.e. number of Zelda: Breath of the Wild copies sold per Switch hardware unit). It’s indeed funny to see that Zelda sold 20 000 more copies on Nintendo Switch that the actual number of hardware units sold worldwide. Guess some players wanted to secure their copies of the game before even buying the system.

It’s interesting to note that a third sales of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were on Wii U. With shortages of Switch systems since launch and Nintendo unable to cope with the overwhelming demand, some players fell back to the Wii U version. Let’s not exclude also those who just didn’t want to jump to the next hardware generation.


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