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Famitsu: Switch Sold 330,637 Units in Japan

Famitsu: Switch Sold 330,637 Units in Japan - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 March 2017 / 7,288 Views

The Nintendo Switch sold 330,637 units in Japan during its first three days on sale, according to Famitsu. This compared to the 308,570 units the Wii U sold in its first week in December 2012. 

 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 193,060 units in Japan. This does not include digital copies sold. 

Thanks Gematsu.


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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17 Comments

Areym (on 07 March 2017)

I am shocked that there wasn't a closer 1:1 ratio for Switch and Zelda sales. I find it hard to imagine anybody buying it for anything other than Zelda, unless it's people who get off on being early adaptors. The Japanese have a lot of faith in Nintendo, it seems.


Darwinianevolution (on 07 March 2017)

1-2 Switch pulled off good numbers there, it seems.


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oniyide (on 07 March 2017)

Zelda isnt the end all be all for a lot of people. I dont think its the system seller people here seem to believe, especially in Japan


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dgboweniii (on 07 March 2017)

with Digital it will be very close to 1:1


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Areym (on 07 March 2017)

@Dwarwinianevolution - That is deeply troubling.
@Oniyide - I mean it's Zelda, it is synonymous with Nintendo. The only bigger title would be a full fledged Mario title.


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Darwinianevolution (on 07 March 2017)

@Areym. Why? Those kind of games sell well in Japan. Japan was the only country where Wii Sports wasn't bundled, and it still sold gangbusters.


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Areym (on 07 March 2017)

Well, Wii Sports was charming, 1-2 Switch is just, in my honest opinion, dumb. Obviously I have not played it but the minigames look so dumb and gimmicky and simple. Different people, different taste but I just cannot fathom people playing 1-2 Switch unironically. The same could have been said for Wii Sports but they had the good sense of bundling it with the Wii. You cannot look me in the eyes with a straight face and tell me 1-2 Switch is not a glorified demo disc.


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Darwinianevolution (on 07 March 2017)

@Areym. I get what you mean, even though I really like Wii Sports unironically. 1-2 Switch should have been a packaged game. I wonder why didn't they just bundle it digitally.


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mountaindewslave (on 08 March 2017)

In Japan Dragon Quest Heroes was a launch game.... which is a massively popular game there. Also they had more on the E Shop in Japan (Neo Geo games). I think that explains the disparity


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Areym (on 08 March 2017)

@Darwin - yeah, same here. I got a Wii only to play Xenoblad Chronicles and I enjoyed Wii Sports for what it was.
@MountainDewSlave - That makes a bit more sense, I didn't hear about it at all.


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Mnementh (on 08 March 2017)

Hmm, according to VGC: 3DS had 374K http://www.vgchartz.com/weekly/40601/Japan/ PS Vita had 322K http://www.vgchartz.com/weekly/40895/Japan/ DS had 458K http://www.vgchartz.com/weekly/38326/Japan/ PSP had 163K http://www.vgchartz.com/weekly/38333/Japan/ To compare Switch with it's real predecessors. The real test will be post-launch anyways. Everything sells good at launch.


Darwinianevolution (on 07 March 2017)

Any news on worldwide numbers? Do we know if the Switch has reached 1m or not?


Dyllyo (on 07 March 2017)

Not yet. But 330K in Japan alone is a really good sign. I'm sure we'll know US numbers soon


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Nautilus (on 07 March 2017)

Not yet.But with the number we know(which puts roghly higher than 500k) and assuming that the Americas sold at least 500 k(with it being the best Nintendo launch there), it easily passed 1 millions, and that number is probably reached without data from many countries, invludong european ones.


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Ariakon (on 07 March 2017)

I would be rather shocked if it hasn't reached a million yet.


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camilosanchez16 (on 07 March 2017)

From what we know...
330 + 80 + 105 + (at least) 400k, yes, it is completely possible, we don't have all the data and USA looks to be bigger than Wii's 600k, so yes.


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mountaindewslave (on 08 March 2017)

almost certainly. Japan at over 300k, Europe at over 300k, and North America is almost always larger than both in sales so. Then the rest of the world... seems almost certain


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