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Nintendo Switch Sales Hit 80,000 Units in UK

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  • Nintendo Switch Sales Hit 80,000 Units in UK

    Nintendo revealed that the recently released Switch hit 80,000 units sold throughout the UK in its opening weekend. To put that into perspective, that figure is double the number of Wii U consoles that were sold during its opening weekend in 2013.

    Sadly, it fell well short of the 113,000 figure mark that the Nintendo 3DS sold during its debut weekend. It also didn't come close to hitting the 150,000 units sold by the Xbox One launch or the 250,000 hit by the PlayStation 4 launch. Then again, it's going to be very difficult to best the sales hit by the PS4.

    While early days are promising for the Switch in the UK, it may be too early to call it a massive success. puts some things in perspective.
    However, it is still early days. 3DS' sales fell off sharply after its launch weekend, for instance. That machine had a busy launch line-up and then little else for months and Nintendo will hope the upcoming launches of Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2 and Arms will avoid a similar fate for its new device. We'll have a clearer idea of where Switch is heading once we are though Christmas.

    There's no hiding what game did the business for Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was this week's second-best selling boxed game, with a large proportion of Switch owners picking up a copy of the title (plus a decent number of Wii U owners, too). It is the third-biggest launch for a video game this year, ahead of For Honor but behind Resident Evil 7.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is sitting as the fourth highest reviewed game on Metacritic and the highest scored game according to OpenCritic. The game is just behind The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, and Grand Theft Auto IV on Metacritic.

    Besides Breath of the Wild, two other Switch games hit the top 10 releases in the UK. These include 1-2-Switch at the fourth spot and Super Bomberman R coming in at the seventh spot. Just Dance 2017 saw a breath of fresh life at the 24th spot thanks to the Switch version. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fell short of the top spot thanks to Horizon: Zero Dawn for the PlayStation 4.