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Switch sold 1.5 million in US for December

Nintendo says its latest is the fastest-selling home console in US history; 3DS posts best monthly sales in three years

2017 was a banner year for Nintendo, and the company capped it off with some more good news. Nintendo today released some figures from the industry-tracking NPD Group, saying the Switch topped the US hardware sales charts with 1.5 million systems sold during the December reporting period.

Nintendo said its latest system is the fastest selling home console in US history. Since its early March launch, the Switch has sold 4.8 million units in the US. The system also saw three of its games hit the top 10 software sales chart, with Super Mario Odyssey in third, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in fourth, and launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild making the cut at number nine. Slightly further down the chart, Splatoon 2 came in 16th.

While Nintendo's next big thing drew much of the attention this holiday season, its more vintage offerings performed admirably as well. The Nintendo 3DS posted its best US sales month since December of 2014, with the various iterations of the hardware combining to sell more than 750,000 units, up 27% year-over-year. (To date, the 3DS family of systems has sold 21 million units in the US.) The Super NES Classic retro console sold another roughly 350,000 units on top of that, making Nintendo responsible for more than half the month's hardware unit sales.

The NPD Group is expected to release a more complete picture of its monthly tracking data later tonight.

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