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Nintendo Switch for the win! Console is fastest-selling in U.S. history

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Jan 4, 2018

Everyone's making the switch, apparently.

So says Nintendo, which has announced that Switch, its next-gen video game system and successor to the Wii U, is officially the fastest-selling console in U.S. history.

According to internal sales figures released by the company, Nintendo Switch has sold 4.8 million units since hitting stores on March 3, 2017, making it the quickest console ever to achieve that milestone. It also overtook the record previously set by Nintendo's last hit platform, the Wii, which racked up 4 million in the same 10-month time frame.

That doesn't necessarily apply to worldwide sales. For that, Sony's PlayStation 4 has Nintendo beat, having sold a whopping 5.3 million units in its first three months of release as of February 2014.

But it's welcome post-holiday news for the Japanese gamemaker considering the WiiU proved to be underwhelming, selling 13.5 million in the U.S. since its debut in 2012, but failing to receive the kind of solid third-party support previous systems have had.

Much of the Switch's success can be attributed to the console's adaptability (you can play it at home or on the go, hence the name), but also the fact that Nintendo has scored some of the best reviews ever for its flagship mustachioed mascot's latest adventure, Super Mario Odyssey, along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Per Nintendo, those two titles have fueled much of Switch's sales record (part credit goes to last year's highly successful Super Bowl ad) as 60 percent of U.S. customers own Odyssey, with more than 2 million copies snapped up in its first three days on store shelves, while 55 percent own Breath of the Wild, respectively. Also out are new editions of other past favorites: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. Several Nintendo-published titles are due out in 2018, including Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, Kirby Star Allies, and a new game headlined by Yoshi – offering up plenty of options to lure gamers away from rivals XBox and PlayStation.

And notably, this time around third-party developers such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, SEGA, Mjoang, Rockstar, and Bethesda have all jumped on the bandwagon, releasing upwards of 300 titles for the new console, among them: FIFA 18, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, L.A. Noire, Sonic Mania, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, SteamWorld Dig 2, and Just Dance 2018.

The Nintendo Switch retails for $299.

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