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Switch hardware has sold 10 million in Japan

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RolStoppable said:
Darwinianevolution said:
I do wonder if the Switch is going to reach anything close to 3DS numbers in Japan, now that it has a fully handheld model in the market.

Shouldn't be a problem with the way the PS market has eroded and Sony not being expected to make any moves to improve things. Switch is bound to have much better first and third party support throughout its life in Japan, so the only factor (price) that makes it track behind the 3DS launch-aligned is merely a matter of time. Eventual price cuts are a given, so over time Switch will close the gap to the 3DS.

True, but if mobile gaming already eroded a lot of the 3DS marketshare, I'm not sure if the Switch will be able to stop that mobile trend. Plus, the 3DS had Youkai Watch and Monster Hunter, massive sellers in Japan, Nintendo will have to search for replacements for those...



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Darwinianevolution said:
RolStoppable said:

Shouldn't be a problem with the way the PS market has eroded and Sony not being expected to make any moves to improve things. Switch is bound to have much better first and third party support throughout its life in Japan, so the only factor (price) that makes it track behind the 3DS launch-aligned is merely a matter of time. Eventual price cuts are a given, so over time Switch will close the gap to the 3DS.

True, but if mobile gaming already eroded a lot of the 3DS marketshare, I'm not sure if the Switch will be able to stop that mobile trend. Plus, the 3DS had Youkai Watch and Monster Hunter, massive sellers in Japan, Nintendo will have to search for replacements for those...

Ringfit is a good start for a replacement, even if it won’t reach the heights of yokai( and I’m still a believer of monster hunter switch). 



Darwinianevolution said:
RolStoppable said:

Shouldn't be a problem with the way the PS market has eroded and Sony not being expected to make any moves to improve things. Switch is bound to have much better first and third party support throughout its life in Japan, so the only factor (price) that makes it track behind the 3DS launch-aligned is merely a matter of time. Eventual price cuts are a given, so over time Switch will close the gap to the 3DS.

True, but if mobile gaming already eroded a lot of the 3DS marketshare, I'm not sure if the Switch will be able to stop that mobile trend. Plus, the 3DS had Youkai Watch and Monster Hunter, massive sellers in Japan, Nintendo will have to search for replacements for those...

By now smartphones have been available long enough for developers and publishers to realize that mobile has no chance to replace console gaming, so things are looking better now than several years ago where a lot of business decisions were made with false hopes and expectations.

As far as replacements for big sellers go, Switch already has Splatoon over the 3DS and Breath of the Wild made the Zelda IP surge. I don't see a reason for concern there.



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RolStoppable said:

EDIT: A correction is in order. After using the Google translation tool for Nintendo's announcement, the 10m figure is sell-through as of November 3rd, according to Nintendo's own investigation as the translation tool labels it. Could be that Media Create has Switch notably higher than Famitsu, or Nintendo has also other means for sales tracking in Japan.

I read on Era that neither Media Create nor Famitsu track from Nintendo's store (which obviously Nintendo does) and it was one of the better stocked places during the 2017 shortages so that could have something to do with the discrepancy.



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zorg1000 said:
RolStoppable said:

EDIT: A correction is in order. After using the Google translation tool for Nintendo's announcement, the 10m figure is sell-through as of November 3rd, according to Nintendo's own investigation as the translation tool labels it. Could be that Media Create has Switch notably higher than Famitsu, or Nintendo has also other means for sales tracking in Japan.

I read on Era that neither Media Create nor Famitsu track from Nintendo's store (which obviously Nintendo does) and it was one of the better stocked places during the 2017 shortages so that could have something to do with the discrepancy.

if Famitsu track 330 k this week, it's ok



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Regarding 3DS vs Switch sales in Japan, I think Switch can catch up if Nintendo play their cards right with price cuts and don't cut its life short prematurely. Switch will have almost all 3DS's big guns, plus a few extra like Splatoon. Only the much cheaper price and Monster Hunter are on 3DS's side, and while both are big factors, I think they can be compensated for.

RolStoppable said:

curl, you've repeatedly posted in the threads that allow you to verify whether the number is shipped or sold. Famitsu has Switch at 9.67m sell-through as of last week, Nintendo's financial report puts Switch at 10.00m shipped in Japan.

But I'd say your laziness should be forgiven because you made a thread for this important milestone that probably nobody else would have made. It evens out.

EDIT: A correction is in order. After using the Google translation tool for Nintendo's announcement, the 10m figure is sell-through as of November 3rd, according to Nintendo's own investigation as the translation tool labels it. Could be that Media Create has Switch notably higher than Famitsu, or Nintendo has also other means for sales tracking in Japan.

Cheers man haha.

Thing is, I just wasn't sure if it was a matter of Famitsu's numbers being off and Nintendo having a better fix on the exact figure.



curl-6 said:

Regarding 3DS vs Switch sales in Japan, I think Switch can catch up if Nintendo play their cards right with price cuts and don't cut its life short prematurely. Switch will have almost all 3DS's big guns, plus a few extra like Splatoon. Only the much cheaper price and Monster Hunter are on 3DS's side, and while both are big factors, I think they can be compensated for.

3DS did fall off a cliff (RIP Quickrick) after year 3 in Japan so Switch should start gaining ground on it from this point onward.

The big price cut and first revision in the first 1.5 years caused 3DS to be a bit front loaded while Switch went 2.5 years before getting those (Lite sorta acts as both) so the sales trajectory should be different.

3DS yearly sales

Year 1-4.28

Year 2 -5.50

Year 3-4.88

Year 4-3.18

Year 5-2.35

Year 6-1.97

Year 7-1.66

Year 8-0.54

Switch yearly sales

Year 1-3.31

Year 2-3.53

Year 3-~4.50



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Darwinianevolution said:
RolStoppable said:

Shouldn't be a problem with the way the PS market has eroded and Sony not being expected to make any moves to improve things. Switch is bound to have much better first and third party support throughout its life in Japan, so the only factor (price) that makes it track behind the 3DS launch-aligned is merely a matter of time. Eventual price cuts are a given, so over time Switch will close the gap to the 3DS.

True, but if mobile gaming already eroded a lot of the 3DS marketshare, I'm not sure if the Switch will be able to stop that mobile trend. Plus, the 3DS had Youkai Watch and Monster Hunter, massive sellers in Japan, Nintendo will have to search for replacements for those...

But Switch has a pricepoint advantage over 3ds with no price-cut after nearly 3 years on the market. 

In the software department. A lot of Nintendo 1st party games have a tremendous amount of sales growth that easily nullified the Monster Hunter factor. 



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Pavolink said:
Congrats Switch.
Japanese market is currently on its shoulders.

The Switch is pretty much the only thing keeping dedicated gaming afloat in Japan these days.