Despite some launch issues, Nintendo’s Switch brings in big sales

The highly anticipated Nintendo Switch finally launched last Friday, March 3rd. Of course, as with most consoles and games, it was plagued with a numerous amount of both minor and major issues. Reports across the Internet state that the Joy-cons (Switch’s handheld controllers) have connectivity issues when the Switch isn’t placed in an open area, and dead pixels. Dead pixels aren’t a first for Nintendo, as they also affected the original Nintendo DS, but Nintendo isn’t offering any support this time around because it’s not a defect.

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Dead pixels on the Nintendo Switch are one of the many issues at launch.

There have also been numerous complaints on message boards of the Switch’s dumb design, including it’s flimsy, easily-breakable kickstand. There’s an official alternative offered by Nintendo over at Amazon, but at the time of writing, it costs an additional $30 and is backordered for 1-2 months.

These issues haven’t stopped Nintendo from selling big, however. New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield on Twitter, scored an interview with Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime. In that interview, Fils-Aime said that “Friiday and Saturday sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo history.” IGN also reported that the “Switch has sold 313,000 units in Japan in its first 48 hours on sale, narrowly beating out the Wii U’s 308,000 for the same period.”

Later, Nintendo announced that the Switch beat out the Wii in terms of sales in Europe, breaking yet another Nintendo record.

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In Wingfield’s interview, Fils-Aimé also mentioned that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the Switch’s only major games at the moment, is now Nintendo’s best-selling standalone launch game, beating out the classic Super Mario 64.

Nintendo’s Switch currently retails at $299.99 in the United States.

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