Published: Mon, January 28, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Switch Is Selling Like Wii, Thanks To Traditional Nintendo Games

Switch Is Selling Like Wii, Thanks To Traditional Nintendo Games

With the massive popularity of the console, a price cut seems unnecessary at this time. In a surprise announcement, it was also revealed that indie games Goat Simulator: The GOATY (Coffee Stain Studios), When Ski Lifts Go Wrong (Curve Digital / Hugecalf Studios) and Unruly Heroes (Magic Design Studios) are available to purchase in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch right now!

Will the Switch get a similar hardware refresh?

The reason for the December surge was credited to the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which became the best selling game in the franchise and helped Nintendo rake in the sales and beat the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as the best-selling console in 2018.

According to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, the Switch was officially the best-selling games platform in the USA last December and throughout 2018. Brawl, by 70% for the year.

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We figure the Smash development team probably looks about like this right now. Nintendo gave the supply chain an estimate of 24 million Switch consoles for the 2018 fiscal year that ends on March 31st, 2019. The PlayStation 4 version of the game will be released at a later date. Exceeded every expectation I had, best-selling exclusive launch month in history.

Nintendo has tried to find a casual hit on Switch, first with 1-2 Switch and this year with Labo. The strength of the Switch overall also boosted the sales of its major games, sending 2017 games Mario Kart 8, Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey into 2018's top 20.

Wii ended up selling over 100 million units, all told. Ultimate (5m). He also muses on continuing their mobile strategy even though "dedicated gaming hardware" is their focus (much to the delight of many who lament the mobile space), calling it "one means of supporting our pillars of revenue". For now, Nintendo is content to keep the price as is.

On the morning of January 23, Nintendo of Europe hosted an Indie Highlight stream on their YouTube channel, showcasing several new Nintendo Switch games from independent developers.

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