Nintendo Switch and Zelda break European and US records

Zelda beat Mario 64 as fastest selling launch title, Switch sales hit 313,000 in Japan

Update: Nintendo of Europe says that Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history.

What's more, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the biggest-selling Nintendo launch title ever in Europe - beating the previous record holder Wii Sports (which was bundled with the hardware).

The firm points out that this was achieved during a 'traditionally quiet time for the games industry'.

Meanwhile, Nintendo Switch sold more than any previous Nintendo console across its first two days in the Americas, and its performance in Japan surpassed that of the Wii U with 330,637 units sold between March 3 and March 5, according to Famitsu.

The console's US performance was described to New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield by Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime, who said that it had beaten the Wii into second place. The information provided was for "the Americas" rather than North America specifically, though the US will have been the main contributor to sales.

Fils-Aime also briefed Wingfield on the performance of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has sustained a 98 Metacritic average across 68 reviews. In addition to the critical praise, the pick of the Switch's relatively sparse launch line-up has also beaten Mario 64 to a different honour.