The holiday shopping season hasn’t started yet, but Nintendo is already having a terrific year. According to the company, the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite systems have sold over 15M units combined in North America. That’s going back to the launch of the flagship Nintendo Switch system back in March 2017. That sizable player-base is very appealing to third-party developers, who have been eager to port their games onto the system.
Through September, Nintendo Switch sales in North America were up more than 20% year to date, thanks to new game releases and the launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite. Nintendo added that in the U.S. alone, the Nintendo Switch has been the best-selling video game console for 10 months in a row, and those numbers were confirmed with the NPD Group. To be fair, the PS4 and the Xbox One are at nearing the end of their life-cycle so sales won’t exactly be stellar at this point, but the popularity of the Nintendo Switch is undeniable all the same.
“As we enter our third holiday season, Nintendo Switch is creating smiles and enjoying broad appeal, with more than 15 million consumers across North America playing their favorite games whenever and wherever they like,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “And this holiday, we are bringing Nintendo Switch owners even more fresh and unique entertainment experiences, like Ring Fit Adventure, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020, adding to the system’s large and diverse library of games.”
Nintendo stated that to date, 14 Nintendo Switch games in North America have sold more than 1M units, with four selling more than 6M. Those six titles are “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” “Super Mario Odyssey,” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.”
Franchises like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. broke records on the Nintendo Switch, with their latest installments selling faster than any other games in the series. Other hits on the console include “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” from Ubisoft, “Minecraft” from Mojang AB, and the ever-popular “Fortnite” from Epic Games. On the indie side, titles like “Stardew Valley” from ConcernedApe, “Cuphead” from Studio MDHR, the “Overcooked!” series from Team17 Digital Ltd., and “Untitled Goose Game” from House House have also sold well on the platform.
Nintendo is going into the holiday season with “Super Mario Maker 2,” “Fire Emblem: Three Houses,” “ASTRAL CHAIN,” and “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” which are all recent releases on the Nintendo Switch. Down the line, players can look forward to “Luigi’s Mansion 3” on Oct. 31, “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield” on Nov. 15, and “Ring Fit Adventure” hitting stores tomorrow, Oct. 18.
The lower price-point also helps the Nintendo Switch stand out on the market. The regular Nintendo Switch starts at $299, and the Nintendo Switch Lite starts at $199. You can find both models available, with a lot of bundles to choose from, right here on Amazon.
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