Early NPD Results Show Nintendo Switch Top-Selling Hardware in 2018

01 February, 2019, 11:58 | Author: Leah Owens
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But the better sign for Nintendo might be the continued sales success for older Switch titles like Mario Kart 8 (No. 12 for 2018), Super Mario Odyssey (No. 15), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (No. 18).

Not only did the Switch dominate 2018, but Piscatella also notes that the partially-portable console had the highest annual unit and dollar sales total for any hardware platform in the past 3 years, beating out a record set by the PlayStation 4 back in 2015. He also confirmed the console wouldn't be getting a price cut.

Based on upstream supply chain's estimates, Nintendo so far has sold around 40 million units of Switch worldwide.

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According to a release from NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, the games industry sold $7.1 billion in console, portable, and PC games in 2018, a 7% increase over 2017 and the highest total since 2012, which saw $7.5 billion in sales. Brawl, by 70% for the year. According to Kotaku, that puts first-month physical sales for Ultimate at over 4.5 million units. "Ultimate" for the Nintendo Switch. Exceeded every expectation I had, best-selling exclusive launch month in history. Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which didn't even launch until December, was the highest-selling Switch game for the entire year. The Nintendo Switch is available globally now.

It's not just a great December, though: the Switch also sold the most units across the whole year in the United States, and brought in the highest revenue. Players won't be able to view their replays from previous versions, although they can convert their replays to videos to keep them.

Nobody expected a next gen successor to the Switch anytime soon but many have assumed that a new model, similar to the way Nintendo has handled it's DS and 3DS line of portable consoles, would appear in the next year or so.

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