Update: Nintendo Switch sells over 500,000 units in Japan, UK and France in first three days

Update: Nintendo Switch sells over 500,000 units in Japan, UK and France in first three days

Updated 9:55am March 8th: Nintendo has now sold over 500,000 units of its Switch console after selling 105,000 units in France.

That's according to Le Figaro, which states that this is the most successful Nintendo launch ever in France. Its first weekend sales beat the Wii's launch sales figures by 10,000 units.

Twitter user Nibellion also shared a Nintendo of Germany press release that claims the Switch launch was also Nintendo's largest console launch in Germany and the rest of Europe.

Original story: The Nintendo Switch has now sold at least over 400,000 units in Japan and the UK in its first three days of sales.

Estimates reported by Famitsu show that the console has sold an estimated 330,637 units in Japan. It also reported that physical copies of launch title Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 193,060 units.

Combining this estimate with the estimated 80,000 units sold in the United Kingdom suggests overall sales of at least 400,000 units in the two countries alone.

Bigger then the Wii

As for the Americas, New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield tweeted that the Switch outsold the Wii in terms of its first two days of sale though an exact figure wasn't given.

Breath of the Wild was also reported to be the highest-selling standalone launch title in Nintendo history across the first two days of sale.

The Switch first launched on March 3rd 2017 for $299, the highest price for a Nintendo console yet. Nintendo stated that it would ship two million units to retailers, suggesting there is plenty of stock still available.


Ric is the Editor of, having started out as a Staff Writer on the site back in 2015. He received an honourable mention in both the MCV and Develop 30 Under 30 lists in 2016 and refuses to let anyone forget about it.


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