Nintendo Switch off to solid sales start in UK

Lower than Wii, but double Wii U.

Nintendo Switch sold 80k units during its first weekend on sale.


In figures published by Eurogamer sister site, Switch can be judged as off to a solid, if not stellar, start.

80k is double what the Wii U managed at its UK debut - a positive increase for Nintendo's home console fortunes.

But it's also lower than the launch of Wii (105k), 3DS (113k) and Xbox One (150k). Then there's PlayStation 4, lest we forget, which managed a monster 250k in its launch week.

Anecdotally, Switch did sell out in some shops, although was still available for general purchase on launch day in shops such as Argos.

Away from the hardware, Switch launch game Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold particularly well, with a high attach rate. Only the Wii's Twilight Princess and GameCube's Wind Waker sold more during their respective launch weeks, when it comes to Zelda games.

Two other Switch games made the UK software top 10: 1-2 Switch, in fourth place, and Super Bomberman R, in seventh. The Switch versions of already-released games Just Dance 2017 and Skylanders Imaginators sold less well.

Zelda charted in second place this week, behind PS4 megahit Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

Jump to comments (146)

About the author

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

News Editor  |  tomphillipsEG

Tom is Eurogamer's news editor. He writes lots of news, some of the puns and makes sure we put the accent on Pokémon.


You may also enjoy...

Comments (146)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch