It looks like Nintendo's - and more specifically, the Nintendo Switch's - string of good fortune and positive news continued right up until the end of 2017 as Nintendo of America have dished out a press release today, complete with accompanying tweet, claiming that their latest hybrid-console has now become the fastest-selling console in United States history. It has been nearly 10 months since its launch and the sales of the console are still pretty good.
In keeping with Nintendo tradition, the Nintendo Switch looked like a bit of a risk when it launched in March 2017. The most recent mobile Nintendo game, "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp", made an estimated 10 million in its first nine days after launch, versus $24 million for "Super Mario Run". Beyond that, more than 50% of Switch players have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and around 20% have Splatoon 2.
The Japanese gaming giant on Thursday revealed it has sold more than 4.8 million Switch consoles in the USA since launching on March 3, 2017. In Japan, the Switch recently surpassed the first-year sales record of the Sony PlayStation 2, the best-selling game console of all time, which was set in 2000.
The Nintendo Switch made lots of people happy.
If you still don't have a Switch, it might be time to admit that it probably does live up to the hype. The console had a strong start thanks to flagship title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has been purchased by over 55 percent of Switch console owners.