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The Switch is Nintendo’s Fastest-selling Console in History
TIME is reporting that “according to retail tracker NPD Group,” the Nintendo Switch has already sold 906,000 units, making it the fastest-selling system in Nintendo’s history. Given the phenomenon that was the Nintendo Wii, I’m a little personally surprised to hear this, although I’d venture a guess that short supplies of that console during its first few months on the shelves are to blame. TIME goes on to explain that while the Switch still lags behind Sony’s PS4, which holds the title as the fastest-selling console of all time, the fact Sony’s current gen system launched in the holidays might have something to do with that.
It probably goes without saying, but much of the credit for the Switch’s early success is being lauded upon The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The critically acclaimed latest entry in the widely beloved series has sold over 1.3 million copies, including 925,000 units on the Switch. And no, that’s not a typo. TIME says, “(Nintendo) reasons this is because some bought the limited edition, and a second copy to play.”
Microsoft Unveils Self-service Refund Program
An Xbox Insider member took to NeoGaf to share an exciting new feature Microsoft is bringing to Xbox and Windows 10: self-service refunds for digital game purchases. So long as the game you’re looking to “return” is eligible, attaining a refund for it may soon be as simple as logging into your Microsoft account online. We’ve seen PC-based gaming platforms offer similar programs, but this would be a first for home consoles, and it’s a big step towards a friendlier digital economy on them for users. Here’s hoping Sony and Nintendo (I won’t hold my breath) follow suit.
Battlefront II to Ditch Season Passes, Specs Ops Writer Attached to Campaign
After its official reveal late last week, Walt Williams–the writer for the critically acclaimed military shooter Spec Ops: The Line–confirmed that he was working on the Star Wars shooter’s singleplayer campaign, which should come as good news for apprehensive fans who feared the singleplayer portions of the game might feel tacked on.
Also, it’s since been rumored that EA is ditching season passes for the game. It would feel like a gamer-friendly move, and it’s in line with some of the messaging that EA’s been making in recent months (see Titanfall 2). The last Battlefront had four individual DLC packs released over the course of about a year, and it’s possible that EA’s looking to avoid dividing the community with new content, which means longer wait times during matchmaking and a generally less awesome experience for everyone.
UPDATE (4/19/2017): Since publishing this article, there has been some mixed messaging about Battlefront II and a possible season pass. I’ve updated that section accordingly.