Nintendo took a huge risk when they first announced their latest Switch console back in 2016, with a majority of people intrigued by the concept, but unsure of the reduced graphical power and performance due to the portable nature of the device. Based on the newly released figures from NPD however, it would seem that Nintendo’s gamble paid off in a big way as there are no signs of the console’s sales slowing down anytime soon.
Not only did the Switch surpass all other consoles for the year of 2018, but the sales for Nintendo’s Switch console in December 2018 were the highest ever for any console since 2009, which funnily enough was previously held by Nintendo’s own Wii console. The company had previously set a target of 20 million units to be sold within 2018, and according to the latest financial report from Nintendo of Japan (September 30th 2018), they have already exceeded this goal with 22.86 units sold worldwide.
Further to this, Nintendo also led the charts for software sales in 2018 with 7 of the top-20 selling video games being on the Switch console according to a tweet from industry analyst Mat Piscatella. It is worth noting as well that all 7 of these games are exclusive to the Switch in their current forms (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an updated port of the Wii U version).
I personally own a Switch and love the ease of being able to play wherever and whenever I want, and also being able to simply slide it into the dock to play on my TV at home. Nintendo has some huge titles set for release in 2019 such as the latest mainline Pokémon game, an Animal Crossing game, along with Luigi’s Mansion 3. See our article on the games releasing for the Switch in 2019 here for further details.
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