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That’s the question! I genuinely do not understand why so if anyone could answer this, I’d be grateful :)

ps I’m sorry if this is a really dim question! I’m sure the answer is already out there but I can’t find it and I am interested.



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Do you mean on NPD lists?

Or on their cumative software sales reports ? On cumulative sales reports they do include digital sales, just not games that are not released physically 

Last edited by IcaroRibeiro - on 23 October 2021

On their quarter reports they do release numbers including digital sales, the only games excluded are the digital ones only.



kazuyamishima said:

On their quarter reports they do release numbers including digital sales, the only games excluded are the digital ones only.

And I'd imagine the digital only ones don't sell enough to bother mentioning sales results, from their perspective. If they had better sales then there would probably have been a physical version.



Dulfite said:
kazuyamishima said:

On their quarter reports they do release numbers including digital sales, the only games excluded are the digital ones only.

And I'd imagine the digital only ones don't sell enough to bother mentioning sales results, from their perspective. If they had better sales then there would probably have been a physical version.

Im sure there are a bunch of digital only games that have sold well.

Among us comes to mind immediately.

Last edited by brute - on 24 October 2021

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They aren't the only company that does this. Digital sales are something they have a lot more control over (in terms of research and understanding) and they've decided they don't want to share that data.



Because Switch emulators don't count as sales, only physical Switches do.



My take: The NPD has never really been fair to Nintendo, so they choose not to share data with them. A lot of NPD's customers seem to be Western 3rd party companies that do not like getting upstaged in the sales charts by Nintendo. So you can see how NPD massages the data by doing things like combining all SKUs when reporting where a particular game ranks (i.e. combining all platforms). At the same time they don't combine Pokemon SKUs like Sword and Shield. They do things like this to make Western third party games seem more successful than they really are, especially compared to NIntendo games.

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Majora said:

That’s the question! I genuinely do not understand why so if anyone could answer this, I’d be grateful :)

ps I’m sorry if this is a really dim question! I’m sure the answer is already out there but I can’t find it and I am interested.

They do, they just don't share the figures with other companies (such as NPD)

When Nintendo says MK8D sold 37 million units, it includes digital. When NPD says MK8D is the 7th best selling game of the year, it doesn't include digital.



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No idea, Kind of annoying. It's another quirky thing that Nintendo as a company does.

Only two companies I know that don't is Nintendo and Take Two. EA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros, Activision, Sony, Microsoft, Capcom, Sega... basically everyone shares this data except them.



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