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Nintendo Switch Best-Selling System In April; Mario Kart 8 Deluxe #1 Game

Nintendo continues to have a huge hit on its hand with the Nintendo Switch. For the month of April it sold 280,000 Switch consoles, making it the highest selling system of the month. This number is a big drop off from March where it shifted 906,000 units in North America. This is most likely a supply constraint issue as Nintendo undoubtedly front-loaded the launch with as many systems it could, leaving little to no left over supply for subsequent shipments. In other words, the world seems to be receiving shipments as soon as Nintendo produces them.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is off to a roaring start as well, selling 460,000 physical games and 90,000 digital copies for a total of 550,000 sold in just two days. Many more will have sold after the NPD’s April cutoff date, so it will be very interesting to see the numbers shared for May next month.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came in as the third highest selling game for April, which means most likely every one who bought a Switch probably picked this stellar game up as well. We wonder if it’s still got over a 100% attach rate.


According to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States, the Nintendo Switch system was the best-selling video game hardware in the month of April with more than 280,000 units sold. This is the second month in a row that Nintendo Switch has led the pack in video game hardware sales, following a record-breaking launch in March. April sales of Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DSfamily of systems (more than 68,000 units sold) combined to make up almost half of all hardware sales across alldedicated video game systems.

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game was the top-selling video game in April with more than 460,000 physical units sold. With digital sales added, the total is more than 550,000 units. Making this number more impressive is the fact that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launched on April 28, which only accounts for two days’ worth of sales in the reporting period, which cut off on April 29.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for Nintendo Switch continued its legendary run, coming in as the third-highest-selling video game in April. The critically acclaimed open-air adventure will receive even more content with the upcoming launch of two DLC packs in the summer and holiday season of this year. The DLC is now available for pre-purchase via an Expansion Pass. 1-2-Switch and digital-only game Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! also saw strong sales in April.

Nintendo will look to continue this momentum into the summer with a series of great new games for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. The upcoming lineups for both systems include Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Nintendo 3DS, May 19), Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Capcom (Nintendo Switch, May 26), ARMS (Nintendo Switch, June 16), Ever Oasis (Nintendo 3DS, June 23) and Splatoon 2 (Nintendo Switch, July 21). Nintendo 3DS games Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia both launch on July 28, the same day as New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo’s newest hand-held system.

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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