The Nintendo Switch sales in March put it out in front of the PS4 and Xbox One
The Nintendo Switch continues to make impressive headlines following a cautious start to the console's lifecycle, launching in an unorthodox month and against the well-established PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
While it was expected to have had a big impact in its first month, new Nintendo Switch sales data revealed today confirms things are going better than expected.
But having hinted at impressive numbers in the past, Nintendo have new confirmed that they sold more than 906,000 units in the US during March.
If you factor in the idea that the Japanese games giant was aiming for 2m units to be produced and ready for launch month, selling half of that in one territory is a good sign.
The Japanese games giant also confirmed in further Nintendo Switch news that the console is now the fastest-selling console in company's history.
These new numbers are a prelude to the company's next earnings briefing, which is scheduled for April 27 and will include worldwide numbers.
Nintendo also commented on the problems with Nintendo Switch stock, adding that "shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand,” and that new systems are "continually being shipped."
According to data from the NPD Group, those numbers put the Nintendo Switch way out ahead of both Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.
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Game Revolution reports that the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in March, the same sales results have been evident for the past five months.
But while being bottom of the pile this month in the United States, Xbox Corporate Vice President of Marketing Mike Nichols still had some pretty positive words for last month’s showing.
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“This past quarter, from January to March 2017, we saw record Xbox Live engagement with 1.1 billion multiplayer hours logged globally, a 14 percent increase year-over-year.
“Looking ahead, we are excited to share more about our plans for Xbox One, including launching the world’s most powerful console – Project Scorpio – alongside an amazing lineup of new Xbox One games.
“We are thrilled with the incredible response we have received to date for Project Scorpio, and look forward to sharing more about the Xbox One family of devices in the coming months.”
Neither company shared sales numbers like Nintendo, although it appears that both companies are in fighting spirits when it comes to the Nintendo Switch looming in the background.
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Even though buying a console has been a struggle for some, it doesn’t appear to have hit UK Nintendo Switch sales in the software department.
New data has been released supporting the demand levels for games on the new device, with 137,000 Nintendo Switch games sold during March.
The numbers have been supplied by MCV, who have also confirmed that the PS4 sold over 800,000 software units and the Xbox One 500,000.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a good driver of sales on the Nintendo Switch, placing as the third best selling game in March in the UK.
Other games from the debut month includes 1-2 Switch at 9th, followed by Super Bomberman R at 23rd and Just Dance 28th.