Nintendo has said that it estimates recent release Super Mario Odyssey has sold around 2m copies in its first two days on sale.
That equates to a little more than one in every four Switch owners buying a copy.
In the UK, Mario just missed out on the chart top spot on its debut (a title claimed by Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins). Nonetheless, Mario Odyssey comfortably beat the week one number of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to become the Switch’s biggest UK week one. It also bettered the week one performance of every Wii U title, becoming Nintendo’s sixth biggest ever UK launch.
Nintendo yesterday again increased its sales forecast for the Switch.
The company had expected to sell 10m consoles in its current financial year. It now expects that number to be more like 14m. The console itself has now sold 7.6m units – that means that in six months it has sold half as many units as Wii U managed in its entire lifetime (13.6m), and could best its total in year one.
It has also sold 27.5m Switch game units. Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains the biggest hit (4.7m units) followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (4.42m) and Splatoon 2 (3.61m). 1-2 Switch (1.37m) and Arms (1.35m) are both million-copy sellers, too.
Last week’s release of Super Mario Odyssey, which bettered the week one performance of Breath of the Wild in the UK, should propel those numbers even further.
The company’s total sales climbed 173 per cent year-on-year in its last six months.
The company told Reuters that it’s again upping the number of Switch consoles being produced, with president Tatsumi Kimishima stating: "We've boosted Switch production in order to meet strong demand from our customers as it was difficult for customers to buy the consoles at retail stores.