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Forums - Sales Discussion - July 2018 NPD: Switch #1, Octopath Traveller #1 software, UPDATE

Lmao Hilarious!

Go switch go!

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EDIT: Just saw the thread warning, nvm

Last edited by curl-6 - on 25 August 2018

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Well this thread went ways..

Is PS4 up YoY in US so far ?

quickrick said:
Shaqazooloo0 said:
Only gaming enthusiast care about power. The market cares about how hype the product is, the games and the features.
If people cared about the power then the results of every gen up until this one would be different.

you are comparing apples to oranges, if people didn't care about power they wouldn't even upgrade there consoles. just compare ps4 to xbox, xbox was the stronger brand with similar games, and ps4 was outselling it the whole gen, i would bet anything if specs were reversed ps4 would be losing in the US by a big margin.

Yes, people do care about power but at some point it hits diminishing returns and other factors come into the Switch's versatility. At this point in time, if the Switch had Wii level graphics, it certainly wouldn't sell; not sure if even Wii U level Graphics would have sold it despite the added portability. But people look at output of First party like SMO and BOTW plus Third party like Fifa 18, Doom, Wolfeinstein 2 and go "This ain't half bad".

The Switch has just about enough power to be a decent Home Console and an exceptional Handheld at an acceptable price point, that is precisely why it is selling so well. In a way, Nintendo redefined the market with some blue ocean thinking.

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Since the the Switch's sales were a subject of discussion, I thought I'd whip up a few more charts to compare how it's done compared to other systems:

The Switch still favors comparably to the PS4, especially when you consider months that had something driving a bunch of additional sales for the PS4 (e.g., April 2018, June 2015, 2016, and 2018, Sept. 2014, the Slim bump in general). In the absence of other factors, the Switch averages out about the same as the PS4 over time periods longer than a month.


The Switch has also been handily outpacing every previous Nintendo console except for the Wii. Of course, the Wii was a monster in its prime, with sales numbers that at their peak were better than even the PS2's were at its peak. The N64 did have some impressive first-year numbers, though, enough to where it was the fastest-selling console ever at the time. But the Switch managed to do even better.

Against handhelds is another story.

The Switch is outpacing the 3DS by a fairly strong margin. It's also started off outpacing the DS, but that doesn't mean much because the DS was a slow burner, starting off fairly weakly and taking a good while to reach peak sales. We can see that sudden jump in June of Year 2 for the DS, which was when the DS Lite was released, and it just kept going from there. But the Switch is currently selling at a rate much lower than that of the GBA. However, the GBA had the combination of a low price ($99 at launch, or about $140 in current dollars), being backwards compatible with the also massively popular Game Boy Color (and by extension the original GB), and being released right at the height of Pokemon Fever. The GBA overperformed massively in the U.S. relative to Europe and Japan.

In any case, it's hard to argue that the Switch is not doing well.


In accordance to the VGC forum rules, §8.5, I hereby exercise my right to demand to be left alone regarding the subject of the effects of the pandemic on video game sales (i.e., "COVID bump").

Bravo to Nintendo winning July. How long has it been since a Nintendo home console has done so well? 2010?

Back from the dead, I'm afraid.