Nintendo Switch Sells an Estimated 1.36 Million Units Worldwide in 2 Days

Nintendo Switch Sells an Estimated 1.36 Million Units Worldwide in 2 Days - Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 15 April 2017 / 36,316 Views

Nintendo's seventh video game home console, the Switch, sold an estimated 1,363,622 units worldwide in its first two days on sale*, according to our estimates. First week sales can be viewed on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending March 4.

Breaking down the sales by region, the console sold best in the US with 477,614 units sold (35%), compared to 436,199 units sold in Europe (32%) and 330,121 units in Japan (24%). Looking more closely at Europe, the console sold an estimated 78,513 units in the UK, 92,885 units in Germany, and 109,879 units in France.


The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild was the best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch in the first two days with sales of 1,117,237 units at retail. 1-2-Switch and Super Bomberman R both sold over 100,000 units, with sales of 186,807 units and 126,850 units, respectively. 

Dragon Quest Heroes I & II for Nintendo Switch sold 26,555 units and Puyo Puyo Tetris sold 12,818 units. Just Dance 2017 sold 5,861 units, Skylanders Imaginators sold 5,172 units and Disgaea 5 Complete sold 4,766 units. 

The Nintendo Switch launched worldwide on March 3.

*3 days of sales in Japan.


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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15 Comments

monocle_layton (on 14 April 2017)

I hope Nintendo keeps the momentum


Ganoncrotch (on 16 April 2017)

MK8Deluxe next week, Minecraft after that, let the good times roll tbh.


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PAOerfulone (on 15 April 2017)

Well. I think it's safe to assume that they managed to achieve their initial 2 Million shipment forecast.


SuperNintend0rk (on 14 April 2017)

According to these numbers, Zelda had a worldwide attach rate of 81.9% in the first 2 days, which seems low but that doesn't include digital so I bet it was well over 90%!


PAOerfulone (on 14 April 2017)

And it's attach rate in the US is OVER 100% for the entirety of the month.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 15 April 2017)

Yup which is why I said the worldwide attach rate seems low. If this were any other game, I would have said 82% was a crazy high attach rate lol


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StarDoor (on 15 April 2017)

And now all the numbers are different. 1.40 million sounds more impressive than 1.36 million anyways.


hush404 (on 15 April 2017)

Sadly (for the WiiU) they're already at like 1/10th of the install base for the WiiU.


Ganoncrotch (on 16 April 2017)

That really needed to happen, but yeah I agree it's sad for the WiiU but great for moving peoples minds on from that system and into a switch powered future.


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hush404 (on 18 April 2017)

@Ganoncrotch - Yeah, no hate on the switch. Just sad to see the WiiU struggle so much when really, it was like the prototype to the switch.


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Ganoncrotch (on 18 April 2017)

Aye Hush in ways it was ahead of it's time just that the tech wasn't where it needed to be, also there was some awful marketing where even later on in the machines life people mistook it for an accessory to the Wii console and not a standalone machine. The switch everyone knows what it is, a new shiny Nintendo to play Zelda on :)


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hush404 (on 24 April 2017)

Yeah, they did better letting people know that the switch is something new. That said, I still don't think Nintendo knows exactly how to market it (beyond being the machine to play Zelda on ;) ) Funny you mention the WiiU being an accessory bit, as my girlfriend and I bought one a few years back and her sister in law literally said "What's that? an addon for the Wii?".


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Ganoncrotch (on 24 April 2017)

Aye, I've heard that a load of times and people asked me for advice on where they could buy that tablet for their Wii :s


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hush404 (on 27 April 2017)

@Ganoncrotch - Hahaha, that hilarious. Such a botched campaign. Lovely little system though.


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Ganoncrotch (on 27 April 2017)

It was ahead of its time in ways, sort of like what they wanted the Switch to be but the tech just wasn't there when it launched to achieve that.

Really hoping Nintendo salvage all of the great games from there to bolster the Switches library early on to fill in gaps in the software.


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hush404 (on 30 April 2017)

@Ganoncrotch - Yes, that would be wonderful :) They've already got a headstart with Mario Kart and Lego City (Deff in the top 10 WiiU titles IMO).


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Luke888 (on 15 April 2017)

So counting Canada, Australia & other territories it should have sold 1.5M !


Dreamcaster (on 16 April 2017)

Those are already counted, hence why when you add the three regions mentioned it comes to 91%.


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Mystro-Sama (on 14 April 2017)

Now if they would just maintain this.


StreaK (on 15 April 2017)

How do these numbers stack up against the Wii U? I ask this because it seems all launches are pretty successful. The Dreamcast was even record breaking at the time until the PS2 shattered it.


SuperNintend0rk (on 16 April 2017)

According to this comparison chart, the launch has been a huge success :)
https://twitter.com/ZhugeEX/status/852679026183471104


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SuperNintend0rk (on 16 April 2017)

Sorry for the duplicate post, I didn't think the first one went through :P


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StreaK (on 16 April 2017)

@SuperNintendo0rk Wow dude, thanks for that chart! And damn, the Switch simply SHATTERED Wii U;'s first month and even the original Wii U. Things are indeed looking bright for Nintendo's new console. Impressive!


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SuperNintend0rk (on 16 April 2017)

Yeah it's hard to say how successful it's gonna be in the long run but so far it's off to an amazing start!


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SuperNova (on 15 April 2017)

Wait- so 1-2 Switch only sold 190k WW in the first two days? That seems on the low side. I expected at least a thrid of Switch owners to buy it at launch, so that would be more along the lines of 400k. I guess not. That's going to make some people here really happy though! ;)


Bajablo (on 15 April 2017)

it's too expensive imo. thats why i don't own it (yet)


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malistix1985 (on 15 April 2017)

Great now lets hope third parties will make some games, I will pick one up at some point


bonzobanana (on 16 April 2017)

Even if momentum tapers off they can drop prices, bundle and ultimately bring out a new better sku later on. I'm personally not interested in buying one myself but it will be interesting to watch how it performs commercially as I'm a long time Nintendo fan.


hesepa (on 16 April 2017)

earn $7711 in 1 month on the computer . go now ==== cash-review.com


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gtaguidelng (on 16 April 2017)

Path to wii U Confirmed?


darkneal (on 15 April 2017)

well, thats all the Nintendo fanboys with their new toy....the legs should die in a couple months and all the articles will change. I don't want it to fail...i just don't see where the market is in the grand scheme of things for this machine outside the hardcore fan (of which admittedly there are many in Nintendo's case)


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Flilix (on 15 April 2017)

What about all the exclusive games it's getting? Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssee, and a lot more in the future, like Pokémon. If these games were able to sell millions in the past, then why won't they now? Or do you think these 15 million Pokémon fans will randomly disappear?


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Dravenet7 (on 16 April 2017)

People REALLY need to look up and understand the definition of censorship. It is not equivalent to, "people disagree with my opinion".


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Kanemaru (on 15 April 2017)

But when Zelda won't sell anymore, that console will become a bigger flop than the wiiu. It's certain.


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Flilix (on 15 April 2017)

At first I thought you were being sarcastic, but then I saw you also posted somewhere in a thread that the Switch would fail.

(Please tell me these were both jokes.)


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p0isonparadise (on 15 April 2017)

You're an imbecile.


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