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Nintendo is celebrating record sales of the Nintendo Switch, which sold more than 906,000 units in the United States in March, according to the NPD Group, which tracks US video game sales.

This cements the 's status as the fastest-selling console in 's entire history. But there's a pretty weird wrinkle in the numbers when you look at the game that has turned out to be the new console's killer app, .

'Breath Of The Wild' Sells More Units Than The Nintendo Switch Itself

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

Now, you might be thinking that the latest Legend of Zelda title wasn't just released for the Switch, but also for the older Wii U console. But even discounting the Wii U sales, the numbers don't quite add up.

Breath of the Wild sold over 925,000 units for Nintendo Switch and nearly 460,000 units for the Wii U. That means that copies for the Switch alone appear to have outsold the console itself, for some reason.

Check out this beautiful trailer to see why Breath of the Wild became the best-selling Nintendo game of all time:

Nintendo themselves haven't really come up with a convincing explanation for this, speculating, "This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play."

While it's possible that this is the case, another likely explanation may be that this is due to a continued shortage of Nintendo Switch units relative to demand. Or simply a result of inaccurate data collection methods.

But, if correct, these numbers mean that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the fastest-selling game ever in the critically acclaimed series that is widely regarded to include some of the best games ever made.

Switch Launch A High Point In Nintendo History

Nintendo Switch [Credit: Nintendo]
Nintendo Switch [Credit: Nintendo]

Despite the weirdness of game copies outselling the console they were made for, there's no doubt that both Breath of the Wild and the Switch itself have been smash hits, giving Nintendo good cause for celebration.

Nintendo have every right to toast their success, but it's worth looking at the competition for some context and perspective. The Nintendo Switch was released on March 3, and sold nearly 1 million units in its first 29 days of availability. Now let's check what they're up against.

[Credit: Microsoft/Sony]
[Credit: Microsoft/Sony]

According to CNBC, Microsoft shifted more than 2 million Xbox One units within 18 days of availability while Sony sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units in that console's first 14 days.

Nintendo have always been risk takers and innovators when it comes to their console designs, and maybe their attitude will pay off in the long term. To sustain good Switch sales, they're already looking to tighten up security on the Switch, and push the limits of technology when it comes to peripherals and gimmicks.

Ultimately, it's going to be the quality of games available that will determine whether the Switch capitalizes on its strong start. What games are you looking forward to playing on Nintendo's best-selling console ever?

Excited for upcoming Switch games? Let us know which ones in the comments!


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