Since its release 10 months ago, the Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game system of all time in the United States, the company announced Thursday.
Since the system became available on March 3, 2017, Nintendo has sold nearly 5 million units in the U.S. That 10-month pace surpasses the previous record holder, the Nintendo Wii, which came out in 2006.
For much of 2017, Nintendo struggled to keep up with demand for the Switch and the NES Classic, but any supply-chain issues appeared to be fixed in time for the holiday rush. The Switch’s success in its first 10 months can also be partly attributed to popular Nintendo-exclusive games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.
The distinguishing feature of the Switch is that it can be removed from its dock at home and taken on the go as a mobile gaming system as well. At $300, the Switch is similar in price to the Microsoft Xbox One S and Sony Playstation 4 Slim, which were released in 2016 and represent updates to existing consoles. Microsoft and Sony have not yet released holiday sales numbers for their consoles, but they are not expected to outperform the Switch.
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