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Covid 19/Shelter in Place 5
Nintendo game drought 0
Quality of Game 40
Quality of Franchise 40
Time since last Release 0
Install Base of Switch <1
Handheld/Console Merger 10
Other (please specify) 5

Other is the Animal Crossing exposure via Nintendo's smartphone title.

The biggest reasons are the reputation of the franchise as well as the game itself, because games don't pull off large numbers week after week in non-holiday months when they aren't perceived as good.

Switch functionality is always beneficial for game series that have been closely or exclusively associated with handheld consoles, because gamers in America and Europe have long favored playing video games on their TVs and a minority of them has been strictly against touching handhelds.

Corona is something that has provided a general boost to all video game hardware as well as leggy games, but let's not get carried away and pretend that Animal Crossing wouldn't have been huge without its launch timing.



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

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