It looks like Nintendo’s — and more specifically, the Nintendo Switch’s — string of good fortune and positive news continued right up until the end of 2017 as Nintendo of America have dished out a press release today, complete with accompanying tweet, claiming that their latest hybrid-console has now become the fastest-selling console in US history. Totalling around 4.8 million units in the States since its launch on March 3, if true that would mean it’s broken the previous record set by fellow Nintendo console, the Wii.
As you might expect, the president and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé, was more than happy to chime in on today’s announcement. “Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go. Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”
The Switch has already passed the major ten million mark when it comes to total global hardware sales, but the question is can Nintendo capitalise on what’s clearly been a very successful year, both in hardware and indeed software, as we begin 2018. We already know that new Kirby and Yoshi games are currently planned for the first half of the year along with a new Fire Emblem game still in development, but minus series that haven’t officially been unveiled or announced yet — such as the much-rumored fourth Pikmin title — we still don’t know what, that is if, Nintendo can bring a steady stream of first-party titles that garnered them a very notable 2017, let alone repeat similar critical/commercial success in 2018. But four days into the new year and it seems good news pertaining to the Switch won’t be going away anytime soon.