While Nintendo has already given us a look at Nintendo Switch and video game sales numbers for the month of March 2017 between launch date and the end of the month, the NPD Group released additional data confirming the numbers. The figures they shared about video game sales, however, are even juicier.
Despite selling more that 900,000 copies, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was NOT the Number One in terms of sales. Surprisingly, it was Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands that grabbed pole position for March, but WarpedZone attributes that to Nintendo’s unwillingness to share their actual digital sales numbers with the NPD Group.
Super Bomberman R came in at a respectable 17th spot, which 1-2 Switch was #13.
Beyond these, most of the top grossing titles were other console and PC launches, such as Mass Effect: Andromeda, which bagged the #3 spot, followed at #4 by Horizon: Zero Dawn.
According to NPD analyst Sam Naji:
“March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records.The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category.”
That’s great news for Nintendo Switch and the company itself, but none of that means anything to the average gamer if you can’t get the darn thing anywhere. Supply of Nintendo Switch consoles hasn’t stabilized yet, and with one more console slated for launch this year – the Nintendo SNES Classic Edition – it’s going to be tough for the company on the production front.
Hopefully, now that they’re done their final production run of the NES Classic Edition and retailers are pushing out their final inventories of the mini-console, the Nintendo Switch will get bigger production runs to satisfy the still-high demand in the market.
Meanwhile, unscrupulous sellers on marketplace sites like eBay are making a killing, offering units for as much as $500 or more – several hundred bucks more than the official retail price of $299.99. That sort of thing is exactly what Nintendo can successfully address if its solves the demand vs supply discord.
Fortunately, that also gives you a way to try all three gaming consoles from Nintendo this year without losing too much money:
Get an NES Classic Edition from Best Buy today, while it’s available, then place an order for a Nintendo Switch when it’s available. Once you decide which one to keep (unless you want both), sell the other one on eBay or Craigslist for the same price you bought it for – believe me, you’ll find a truckload of genuine buyers. Then, when the mini SNES Classic comes out in December, you can get that as well, and proceed to sell the one you keep now.
As for Nintendo Switch availability, the best thing to do is keep checking back at Nintendo’s official site for the United States or your country. If you’re lucky you might be able to get your hands on a unit online or in-store.