Nintendo's new console has beaten the Wii's first weekend sales figures, according to a report.
(CCM) — Nintendo's Wii console was the hottest holiday gift in 2006, and huge demand led to supply shortages, in-store squabbles, and disappointed children. But demand for the company's Switch console appears to be even higher, with Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo America's president, claiming that the Switch has been selling faster than all of the company's previous consoles, according to a Tech Times report. His claim is based on the console's sales figures for the first weekend after its release. Although no figures are available for the U.S., reports suggest that the Switch sold 80,000 units in the U.K. during the weekend, compared to just 40,000 Wii units sold during its first weekend on sale. The Wii sold 600,000 units in the U.S. during the first eight days that it was on sale in 2006.
One reason for the high demand for the Switch may be that Nintendo has been careful to ensure that there were a large number of games available for the console on the release date. These include titles such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which have received hugely positive write-ups from reviewers. The failure of Nintendo's Wii U console in 2012 was largely due to a lack of games available at release. But Nintendo is likely to face increased competition for customer dollars when Microsoft releases its Project Scorpio console later this year.
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