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Nintendo reports Switch off to a strong sales start — now about those 'friend codes'

Nintendo reports Switch off to a strong sales start — now about those 'friend codes'

After the public shunned Nintendo’s Wii U, the home of Mario, Luigi, Link, Donkey Kong and more has been on the hunt for a rebound.

Out of the gate, its latest device — a console/mobile hybrid dubbed the Nintendo Switch — appears to be providing it, with a little thanks to new game “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé says that the Switch, which launched on Friday, is the company’s hottest-selling console in the U.S. — at least in its first 48 hours.

“Unit sales for Nintendo Switch on Friday and Saturday exceeded any system launch Nintendo has had in the U.S., ever,” Fils-Aimé says.

“For the first...

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