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What's causing Nintendo's software sales on the Switch to be so good?

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Jumpin said:
Amnesia said:
To give my personnal global answer to the question : Why does Nintendo strike back in a so powerfull way now with the Switch :

It is because, the young players who discovered Nintendo in the NES/SNES era, so the 3/4th gen, when they were 6-12 years old, these players are now 30-40 years old so they are in the age to be the current dev and the executive managers at Nintendo, they want to revive what they have known in their childhood and they might be directly responsible of the level of quality that we see today.

I don’t think NES/SNES fans are a major factor. It’s more the Wii fans. It was with the Wii that Nintendo gained a significant female audience, and this has continued with the Switch.

I don't believe this for the Wii. For me most of the sales of the Wii were a fake and illusionnal success thanks to the many women who really believed that they could keep occupied children while losing some weight, or grand parents who saw an opportunity to share video games with children...The core fan base of Nintendo was still decreasing and the WiiU shown us what really was the state of the core fan base. These 100+ millions were not a real market occupation, but just a brillant marketing trick succesfully performed.
(sorry I have only found an old graph)



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.... Wii sales were fake? Lol, now I've heard everything. The Wii was marketed well, was cheap and offered a new way to play. And perhaps most importantly the Wii had great software.  Hence it sold well.



3d world isnt real 3d Mario? Wii sales were fake?



Baddman said:

3d world isnt real 3d Mario? Wii sales were fake?

I was meaning "not solid sales", with maybe only 20% of serious users and 80% of "sheep purchase".



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Amnesia said:
Baddman said:

3d world isnt real 3d Mario? Wii sales were fake?

I was meaning "not solid sales", with maybe only 20% of serious users and 80% of "sheep purchase".

10/10 for the mental gymnastics. Sales must be solid to count.

Just remember, Nintendo is never allowed to win. Especially when they win. 



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mysteryman said:

Amnesia said:

I was meaning "not solid sales", with maybe only 20% of serious users and 80% of "sheep purchase".

10/10 for the mental gymnastics. Sales must be solid to count.

Just remember, Nintendo is never allowed to win. Especially when they win. 

He never said the sales didn't count, and he never said Nintendo didn't win.

His point is that the market the Wii captured was unsustainable, and did not become part of the core nintendo fanbase.



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LTD: PS4 - 130m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 52m       2019 : PS4 - 15m, Switch - 18.8m, XBO - 4.8m        2020: Switch - 22m (Peak Year)


Barkley said:
mysteryman said:

10/10 for the mental gymnastics. Sales must be solid to count.

Just remember, Nintendo is never allowed to win. Especially when they win. 

He never said the sales didn't count, and he never said Nintendo didn't win.

His point is that the market the Wii captured was unsustainable, and did not become part of the core nintendo fanbase.

Thank you very much for avoiding me being banned again.



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Great games on a system people want to play on. Same reason 3rd parties are having success on Switch.



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For most people, probably the portability and accessibility. I pretty much only buy Nintendo exclusives, as i only play my Switch hooked up to the tv and with a pro controller. I'll get multiplats on Playstation.



Sixteenvolt420 said:
For most people, probably the portability and accessibility. I pretty much only buy Nintendo exclusives, as i only play my Switch hooked up to the tv and with a pro controller. I'll get multiplats on Playstation.

210m Total Software sold as of June 30th 2019, a whopping 115m+ of that is Nintendo. Over 50% of games sold on the Switch are Nintendo Games. So I think a good number of people only buy Nintendo games and almost nothing else.

Edit: Out of interest looked up 3ds figures.

Total 3DS Games Sold : 379.6m
Nintendo Games: ~205m (54%)
3rd Party Games: ~175m (46%)

Interestingly those percentages are almost exactly the same as the current Switch.

Total Switch Games Sold : 210m
Nintendo Games : ~115m (55%)
3rd Party Games: ~95m (45%)

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Predictions (Made July 2019)

LTD: PS4 - 130m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 52m       2019 : PS4 - 15m, Switch - 18.8m, XBO - 4.8m        2020: Switch - 22m (Peak Year)