The Switch is now officially the fastest-selling console in USA history

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The Nintendo Switch on display at a pop-up display room in Madison Square Park, New York, March 2017.

Nintendo has announced that the Switch is now the fastest-selling home console in the USA, shifting 4.8 million units in 10 months.

Nintentdo's Switch is a revolutionary hybrid device which enables users to play as a handheld item, or on their TVs. The Switch's success in its first 10 months can also be partly attributed to popular Nintendo-exclusive games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Beyond that, more than 50% of Switch players have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and around 20% have Splatoon 2. The Switch has sold over 4.8 million units in its first 10 months of availability, which beats out the Wii's 4 million sold during the same initial window.

As you might expect, the president and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé, was more than happy to chime in on today's announcement.

Meanwhile, Sony is yet to release North American holiday sales figures for the PlayStation 4, which sold 14.4 million units worldwide over its first year of availability.

The Switch has already passed the major ten million mark when it comes to total global hardware sales, but the question is can Nintendo capitalise on what's clearly been a very successful year, both in hardware and indeed software, as we begin 2018. In November 2017, it released an upgraded Xbox One X, which upon its debut became the most powerful video games console in history.

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