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GameStop: Switch is One of the Most Successful Console Launches in Years

GameStop: Switch is One of the Most Successful Console Launches in Years - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 March 2017 / 12,603 Views

The launch of the Nintendo Switch has been the most successful console launch at retailer GameStop in the last several years.

"Stores across the country last night were packed with customers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the brand new Nintendo Switch," said GameStop Senior Director of Merchandising Eric Bright told Game Rant. "We even had customers lining up as early as yesterday morning so that they could be one of the lucky ones to score one of the additional units for our walk-in customers.


"This is one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years. For those fans who are still looking for the Nintendo Switch, don’t worry–we’re getting more. And, we’re pretty sure that there are a lot of gaming fans who pulled all-nighters last night playing their new Switch, and who also called in sick to work today with ‘game-fluenza’ just to stay home and play even more."

The Nintendo Switch sold 80,000 units in its first 48 hours in the UK.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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28 Comments

ArchangelMadzz (on 06 March 2017)

Well it is the only console launch in years so..


COKTOE (on 06 March 2017)

I was thinking the same thing


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Ljink96 (on 06 March 2017)

Theoretically, it should. As we know, that hasn't always happened, lol.


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Ljink96 (on 06 March 2017)

Oops, wrong reply.


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ship31 (on 06 March 2017)

It's definitely the best console launch of 2017


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hush404 (on 06 March 2017)

Hahaha, I wonder if that was intentional on Gamestops part?


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fuallmofus (on 07 March 2017)

how about pro and s?


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Faelco (on 06 March 2017)

"One of the most successful" isn't equal to "the most successful"...


CGI-Quality (on 06 March 2017)

It's carefully worded, but I see what you're saying. "Most successful console launch in years" should go without saying anyway, since it's the ONLY console launch in years. :p


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Faelco (on 06 March 2017)

You're right! ^^ That sentence was already discussed a lot ("what does several means?"), so it was a bit weird to see another wording!


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Ljink96 (on 06 March 2017)

Just saying , Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, Slim, PSVR have all launched. I know they're updates but still.


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CGI-Quality (on 06 March 2017)

I'd be willing to bet that when they say "console launch", they're talking about a brand new console. Not revisions. Otherwise, what's the point? A new console SHOULD sell better than revisions.


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Ljink96 (on 06 March 2017)

True, but that hasn't always happened. And a console, is a console, is a console. "New" wasn't an aspect of Gamestop's statement.


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CGI-Quality (on 06 March 2017)

As of right now, the "a console, is a console, is a console" talk doesn't apply, since, like I stated, there's a difference between a revised PS4 launching and the PS5. Unless we know for sure that they are comparing this launch to the Pro, PS4 Slim, and/or the One S, then the "in years" leads me to believe that they are talking about the console launches of the PS4, X1, and Wii U.


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trunkswd (on 06 March 2017)

I've updated the title to be more accurate to what GameStop said.


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NintendoPie (on 06 March 2017)

Semantics at play here. Might as well wait for official numbers since GameStop wants to play the PR Game.


Jranation (on 06 March 2017)

That is awesome! Its already beating the Wii U in the Uk!


Mystro-Sama (on 06 March 2017)

Beating the Wii U is an achievement now? lol


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Jranation (on 06 March 2017)

We don't want it to be "another Wii U". Like what some people think.


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The_BlackHeart__ (on 07 March 2017)

Wait. This statement makes no sense. What other consoles launched in the past years? None that I'm aware of, and yet the Switch is not the most successful one? So weird.


Dyllyo (on 06 March 2017)

Well, it's been 3 years since the PS4 came out. So that makes sense :)


fathinos (on 07 March 2017)

I guess they are counting PS4 Pro as a console launch


Podings (on 06 March 2017)

It's all going to be about the legs though. And they better put Wii Sports on the eShop soon, so that the good nerds buying into it early can take it to their parents and say "Look, now you don't have to hog the TV to do your bowling!".


monocle_layton (on 06 March 2017)

I'm pretty sure it's figurative language. We all know we haven't seen a console release since the PS4. Would gamestop actually lie about something we can easily find out in a few days?


Rafie (on 06 March 2017)

I don't know what happened to my comment, but the"most" successful console was what I was alluding to when I wrote my comment. I know I didn't write anything offensive.


fluky-nintendy (on 07 March 2017)

Fake News


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DonaldJTrump (on 06 March 2017)

80,000 doesn't sound too impressive.


Nogamez (on 06 March 2017)

Gamestops US though not UK.......


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