The Nintendo Switch is one month old. We don't think that's a landmark worthy of cake and balloons, but it's an interesting one nevertheless. Having hit stores on Friday 3rd March the results so far have been quite positive - yes, Nintendo has a chance with this one.
The opening weekend went well for Nintendo, certainly, with the company boasting of record launches for its hardware in territories such as North America and Europe. Now, statistics like that are relative - demand was high, which was good, but Nintendo evidently produced enough stock to make the records possible, whereas some systems in the past launched with nowhere near enough units. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was also hailed as a sales success, and it should also be noted that it seemed to do pretty well on Wii U as well - in general, though, it was pitched and marketed as a Switch launch game first and foremost.
The general vibes since have been reasonable, too - retailers have queued up to declare the system hot property with significant demand, and in multiple territories stock has been disappearing off shelves almost as quickly as it arrives. After a slightly underwhelming third week those hardware sales went up in Japan recently, and there have been reports - on which Nintendo is yet to comment - of manufacturing plans being significantly ramped up for the next year.
In terms of games, it's been a mixed bag. Breath of the Wild has papered over an extremely thin retail scene, though the eShop has seen some quality releases. We're not sure even the download store has knocked it out of the park, but we've seen worse launch months too.
We're going to talk about all of this in detail in a 'state of play' feature soon, but first we want your views. Do you think the Nintendo Switch has had a good first month, and are you optimistic for the coming year? Let us know in the poll and comments below.