NINTENDO SWITCH sales could see the console hit around 8m units in its first 13 months on the market, a new challenge for the PS4 and Xbox One, as online Switch prices continue to soar.

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While the Nintendo Switch sales have a set target of reaching 2m by the end of March, it appears that outside analysts have been left impressed by its initial market impact.

So impressed in fact that some believe it could continue its current levels and reach a big milestone in little over a year.

IDC’s research director for gaming and VR/AR, Lewis Ward is one that has pegged the Nintendo Switch sales to continue to rise through the end of first quarter-2018.

“Switch is on track to ship 2 million by the end of March, so that’s a solid start,” Ward told CNBC.

“I expect the Switch to sell much better in its first year than Wii U, but fewer than Wii did in the same period.

“Breath of the Wild is being heralded as one of the best games of the year already. I suspect that this Zelda launch title is a key reason why first week sales have been strong.”

The Nintendo Switch faces a tough market, with both Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One firmly established with a large library of games and features.

However, GameStop confirmed during the console’s first weekend that its stores across the United States were packed with customers “who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the brand new Nintendo Switch”.

GameStop Senior Director of Merchandising, Eric Bright even went as far as to say that it had been one of the best console launches in recent years.

The Nintendo Switch price online has also lifted to new heights, following the console becoming sold out at many retailers.

While fans in the UK have the chance to pre-purchase at Amazon and GAME, there are currently few other alternatives to turn to.

But they may also want to avoid the only other choices open to them, that of paying over the odds on online marketplaces.

It appears that those who were lucky enough to secure a Nintendo Switch Pre Order are now eyeing the profit of selling it online.

Current prices range from $350, all the way up to the $700-mark.

The higher prices usually come with a few Nintendo Switch games included, although they’re still way over the normal retail price of a console.

Currently, we know that Nintendo have planned to have around 2m units of the console on hand to fill demand this month, however, it’s currently unclear just how high that will be.

The shortages are partly fueled by the large numbers of consoles being sold around the globe, with Nintendo Switch sales already proven to have been some of the best the Japanese games giant has ever seen in the Americas and now more good news has arrived.

It’s now been confirmed that in North America and Europe in its first two days on sale, the Nintendo Switch surpassed the Wii.