Nintendo's success with their latest flagship console has been a welcome development for the company, but a more surprising achievement is its launch title's sales output.
According to a report from Business Wire, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" outsold the "Nintendo Switch" system in the month of March. The video came carrying one of the most iconic franchises made popular by Nintendo sold 925,000 units for the Switch console, while the console itself registered 906,000 units. The numbers were collated by the NPD Group which tracks the market performance of video games in the United States.
Furthermore, "Breath of the Wild" also sold close to 460,000 units for the Wii U version, taking its grand sales total to over 1.3 million. The numbers also helped cement the game's place in history as the fastest-selling launch game by Nintendo, as well as the fastest selling "Zelda" game of all time.
"Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different," said Nintendo of America's President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime. "With its various play modes and the innovative features of the Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch provides unique experiences that people can take with them anywhere and share with anyone," he added.
In addition, Nintendo speculated that the game being able to outsell the console may be explained through the number of people who purchased the title, particularly its limited edition version, to collect while buying another one for play, said a report from The Verge. Another possibility raised by the company is that some gamers may have purchased the game first only to find the console running out of stock.
Apart from issues involving availability, the Switch was also hounded by problems concerning its Joy-Con controllers. The issues were first experienced by some testers during the console's launching, where the controllers, particularly the left one, lost connection at random times. The glitch, however, was already addressed, with the company noting a manufacturing variation that had caused the wireless interference.