In a sales report from Famitsu and confirmed by several sources, its been revealed that the Switch has sold 313,700 units in it’s first week on sale in Japan. To compare, the Wii U at this time had sold around 308,000, the Wii had sold 371,000 and the DS and 3DS had sold 441,000 and 371,000 respectively
As of press time Nintendo Japan has seen a 605 point stock jumps since the report was released. Though this can still be considered a weak launch in the video game market as a whole this has to be welcome news for a company whose console sales have struggled over the last generation.
Switch Japan 1st week sales 313,700
Wii U: 308,600
Note: Switch launch outside Xmas season
— Yuji Nakamura (@ynakamura56) March 7, 2017
According to Analyst Daniel Ahmad with Niko Partners, which studies the video game market in China and Southeast Asia, this is was “a good opening” for Nintendo but is a stark reminder of how far the Japanese console market has fallen.
“All I’m going to say is that the glory days of Japan being a market leader for consoles is very much over,” wrote Ahmed.
Japan opening week sales:
Switch – 313.7k
NDS – 441k
3DS – 371k
Wii – 371k
PS4 – 322k
NWU – 308k
PSP – 166k
GCN – 134k
PS3 – 88k
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) March 7, 2017
The fastest and best selling console in history, the Playstation 2, had shipped a whopping 980,000 units at this point and reached a million units in a mere five weeks. In contrast, the most-recent powerhouse console, the PS4, took 49 weeks to hit a million.
No doubt helped along by its release alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its also worthy to consider that the Switch was released outside the holiday period. Though, with the upcoming release of Microsoft‘s Project Scorpio this holiday, Nintendo may have made the right choice in releasing outside what is normally a cluttered part of the year when it comes to video games.