Nintendo Switch Breaks Sales Records During Black Friday Weekend

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"Ultimate" for Nintendo Switch at the Variety Studio at Comic-Con 2018 on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California. That's a 45% improvement over the same period previous year.

The top three selling Switch games of all-time are Super Mario Odyssey (12.17 million), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (11.71 million) and Breath of the Wild (10.28 million). The Switch became the best-selling Nintendo console in USA history for the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday - even more than the Wii - and had its best-selling week ever in the U.S.

The Switch has already exceeded its immediate predecessor, the Wii U, in lifetime unit sales. Zelda, Mario, and Smash Bros. typically end up dominating players' minds, leaving little room for anything else. At that point in the Wii's lifecycle, the system had sold almost 30 million units worldwide. Sales were led by the popular Nintendo Switch console, which had its best-selling week ever in the U.S.as lifetime sales reached 8.2 million units (U.S only). Ultimate game, launching on December 7. Nintendo Switch games in the United States have hit more than 1.5 million units since the November 16 launch (the game recently recorded sales of 3 million units worldwide in its first week). Overall, Nintendo's Black Friday to Cyber Monday hardware sales were up 45 percent this year, and software sales were up a hearty 78 percent. This includes video game systems (Switch, 3DS), retro consoles (NES Classic Edition, SNES Classic Edition), games, and accessories.

Elsewhere, the SNES Classic surpassed 2.5 million in lifetime sales over the holidays, while the NES Classic eased past the 2 million sales mark.

It's shaping up to be a bountiful holiday season for Nintendo.

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