The numbers have corroborated what everyone was thinking; the Nintendo Switch has left all its competition behind in terms of sales. It still isn’t slowing down. The Switch continues to sell more units than both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. From our findings, there could only be one logical reason for this.
According to the United States NPD, since its launch in 2017, the Nintendo Switch generated the highest dollar sales in December for a single platform since the Nintendo Wii in December 2009. Even better, Nintendo’s convertible gaming console achieved the best unit sales for a single platform since December 2010.
As you can see, the Nintendo Switch didn’t just steal the sales show in December, it did so for all of 2018. The Switch ended 2018 as the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars. No hardware platform has managed that feat since PlayStation 4 in 2015.
Why is the Switch so popular? And why is it garnering such astronomical sales volumes?
The Switch is for everyone
You’ll be surprised at the number of gamers out there. However, not every gaming console appeals to every gamer. Nintendo came pretty close to solving this problem with the Nintendo Switch.
The popularity of gaming consoles is known to be unstable. But Nintendo has one that captures the attention of almost everyone. The Switch’s youth and novelty have been a major driving factor for the immense sales traffic. Still, Nintendo’s outstanding family-friendly philosophy has also helped boost those numbers greatly.
It’s quite obvious that the Nintendo Switch doesn’t just appeal to youths; it appeals to both the nine-to-five workaholic who wants to cool off or the young at heart who love action. The Switch hardware and software doesn’t take much fuss or expense to set up. On the one hand, both the Xbox and PS4 feature software and hardware targeted for young adults who are would-be gamers or gamers. These youths are the ones ready to pay top dollar for any triple-A title or gaming hardware component. The Switch makes that your least worry.
Due to the lower barrier of entry, the Nintendo Switch instantly became the obvious choice for anyone who wanted a blockbuster gaming experience; but was wary of the technicalities that followed being a seasoned gamer.
With the Nintendo Switch, what you get is a portable gaming console which you can play anywhere. It can be handheld, placed on a table or connected to your TV. Even for those who don’t consider themselves gamers, it’s still a great piece of technology that drives away boredom.
How well did Switch exclusive games perform?
With regards to overall games sales in 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, NBA 2k19 and Madden NFL 19 all beat Nintendo’s best selling exclusive game, the Super Smash Bros Ultimate into the fifth position.
Albeit, the Super Smash Bros Ultimate was the best selling game in December 2018. The game beat Sony’s Spider-Man in terms of console exclusives. This was another major factor that contributed to the robust sales the Switch experienced in December.
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