After almost five months on the current market, Nintendo has shown some astonishing hardware and software sales pertaining to its latest console handheld hybrid, I’d go as far as saying these numbers are impressive. I applaud Nintendo for placing their earnings out there and seeing the numbers have made me a joyful Switch proprietor.
I had never really cared about Nintendo, I wouldn’t even go so far as saying I do today. I had owned a Gamecube near the end of its life cycle, sold it after a few months. I possessed a Wii like everybody in the world, but barely played itcollects dust somewhere at my parents home. Late last year I bought a 3DS and traded it it a month later. Nintendo has never been able to keep my attention and keep me coming back to their games and play their games. Until now that is. The Switch has been the best gaming experience this year for me, hardware and software alike, which says a whole lot in this home run year for gaming throughout the board.
Last week Nintendo announced that their newest console has sold 4.7 million units since its launch back in March. This is an impressive feat considering how much the tide was against them, especially after the colossus collapse that was the Wii U which sold approximately 3 million units at the same time span and just 13.56 million units in its brief lifetime. In the Switch’s rate now, I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold 10 million units by the end of the year and succeed the Wii U’s lifetime sales at the end of Q1 next year.
On top of the hardware success, the games are selling tremendously well. Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 3.92 million sales since launch. Next up is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 3.54 million earnings. Both of these games have a mind boggling attach rate and are extremely impressive. Other notable first party titles were 1-2-Switch with 1.22 million and Arms with 1.18 million. These are impressive numbers for Nintendo and I am sure Splatoon 2 will become a huge hit, it is already sold nearly 700,000 copies only in Japan. Note, these software sales do not count for third party titles, but still are close to eclipsing the Wii U’s 11 million software sales in the identical time.
One of my biggest complaints about the Switch was the lack of games at launch and in the foreseeable future. As of right now though, I love my small collection of first party games that have surpassed expectations. There’s been a fair amount of smaller non party titles, but nothing which has caught fire. But I’ve had a consistent schedule of very solid releases during the first three months.
Additionally, the simple novelty of the handheld to television and the consistent quality of these games no matter how you play them has not worn off. There are so many ways to play and I really like it. I am all in on this system and can’t wait for what is to come.
If Nintendo can keep on releasing first party games at a steady rate and somehow get more quality third party service, the Switch will sell like hot cakes. They must get these items back on store shelves, however, especially for this vacation, which will definitely be huge for them as their first vacation on the industry and with the new Mario releasing. Something the guys at Chattanooga TN Wildlife Removal are excited for.