The Nintendo Switch has shifted 519,504 units in its first four weeks on sale in Japan - which means that it has passed the half-million sales marker faster than Sony's PlayStation 4 did.

The PS4 - the best-selling home console of this generation with 53.4 million units sold as of January this year - shifted 439,810 units in four weeks on Japanese soil, and didn't pass 500,000 sales until seven weeks had elapsed.

While this might be seen as a positive portent of things to come, it's worth noting that the Wii U performed better than both the Switch and PS4 in the same time period. It sold 500,000 in just three weeks - but then again, it was released at Christmas, the best time to launch new gaming hardware, whereas the Switch arrived after the holiday season.