Summary for March 2018

This is the first monthly update to the stats that are tracked in this thread. Let's see how the Switch Gamers Club started out, covering data for the first 13 months of the Switch's lifecycle. The link to the Google spreadsheet with all collected information is here.

The statistics didn't provide any surprises to me, but they show what many people might not have known or not believed to be true.

Total Stats

58 Switch gamers have submitted their data so far. Unfortunately, not everyone provided complete game numbers, so there's no 100% accuracy. However, perfect accuracy was never going to happen anyway, because numerous people will inevitably fail to provide updates to their game purchasing habits. Nevertheless, in the grand scheme of things the accuracy won't be affected to any significant degree due to the sheer volume of information. Here's the table with the totals. It looks less than ideal because I had to make concessions to the formating on this forum.

  First Party     Third Party     All Games    
Total Ph. Dig. Ph. % Total Ph. Dig. Ph. % Total Ph. Dig. Ph. % FP %

First party games have an overwhelming share of physical copies at 82%. More than a third of the digital purchases are accounted for by people who have decided to go all digital on Switch, the sole exception usually being The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to fill the card slot of the console with a game. Another third of the digital first party games goes to titles that are or were only available in digital format, so there are very few people who are undecided between buying physical or digital copies. The bottom line is that most of the Switch gamers here go with physical if the choice exists.

Third party games skew strongly towards digital purchases as only 28% of purchases have been physical copies. The reason for this is simple: The majority of third party titles has no physical option.

Over 900 total games have been recorded so far, with the split between physical and digital being almost 50/50. 38% of all owned games are first party. The people with the highest percentages of first party to third party can fall into three categories. Firstly, new or very recent Switch owners; unsurprisingly, gamers prioritize the best games, so they buy Nintendo games with their Switch. Secondly, people who didn't understand this thread properly and consequently didn't submit their third party totals despite owning third party games. Thirdly, fanboys; no, they aren't Nintendo fanboys, but rather the opposite; they dismiss virtually all third party games on Switch because of the longlasting reputation that third parties have built on Nintendo home consoles, so they buy third party games on PC or other consoles.

The average Switch owner here owns 6 first party games and 10 third party games. This results in a tie ratio of 16.

First Party Game Rankings

Lastly, here's a table that measures the popularity of first party games.

TM = This Month
LM = Last Month
AR % = Attach Rate in %

TM LM Title Total Ph. Dig. Ph. % AR %
1 NEW The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 51 50 1 98 88
1 NEW Super Mario Odyssey 51 42 9 82 88
3 NEW Splatoon 2 44 38 6 86 76
4 NEW Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 39 32 7 82 67
5 NEW Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 33 28 5 85 57
5 NEW Xenoblade Chronicles 2 33 26 7 79 57
7 NEW ARMS 24 23 1 96 41
8 NEW Fire Emblem Warriors 22 21 1 95 38
9 NEW Bayonetta 2 15 10 5 67 26
10 NEW Kirby Star Allies 11 9 2 82 19
11 NEW Snipperclips (Plus): Cut It Out, Together! 11 2 9 18 19
12 NEW Picross S 7 - 7 - 12
13 NEW Pokken Tournament DX 6 6 0 100 10
14 NEW 1-2-Switch 5 4 1 80 9
15 NEW Arcade Archives: Vs. Super Mario Bros. 4 - 4 - 7

Breath of the Wild and Odyssey are the unsurprising leaders, both being owned by 88% of the Switch Gamers Club. Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are also in line with the Switch's top sellers, but Mario + Rabbids, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, ARMS, Fire Emblem Warriors and Bayonetta 2 are disproportionally popular in comparison with sales charts. This is a gamer-centric website, so it's a given that such situations occur. The previously mentioned tie ratio of 16 of which 8 are plain physical games far exceeds the tie ratio that is calculated from Nintendo's official shipment figures.

Kirby released in March 2018, so Star Allies has plenty of opportunity to grow. The remaining games are either smaller titles or undesired games like 1-2-Switch.

Last edited by RolStoppable - on 01 April 2018

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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