Or stow away a Mario Kart 9 for Switch's successor at launch. I would like a new IP but I'd like it to be sustainable and have staying power. I'm looking at you ARMS...
To be fair, ARMS was not a bad game and is still getting Party Crash events so it's not like Yabuki and his team completely abandoned. While it's very solid game, ARMS' downfall, unfortunately, was that it's free content updates did not give it enough relevance post-release. Didn't help that while the gameplay is great, spectators may feel turned off by it as it may look like nothing more than flailing "arms." Plus, Splatoon 2 would release the following month and steal some of ARMS' thunder. Despite that, ARMS sold around 2 million, which is nothing to scoff at. Tekken 7 has sold around 3 million and people consider that a success nowadays for a fighting game.
The sales of Nintendo's first party titles are insane. Despite not having the install base of the PS4, the Switch has already established really solid software sales. Incredible that Smash Bros. Ultimate reached the 12 million mark and vindicated Nintendo's decision to promote the game to the core from E3 on. The directs and the 25 minute section at E3 were utilized to showcase Smash Bros. Ultimate as THE Ultimate Smash Bros. game. No ifs, ands, or buts. It's the crossover event of the generation, if not in all of gaming history. As I said numerous times, Smash Bros. Ultimate is the equivalent of Avengers: Infinity War and Justice League Unlimited.
I am glad Pokemon Let's Go proved people wrong. It's an inoffensive remake of Pokemon Yellow with Pokemon Go elements. It did its job in pushing hardware in November and December.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is incredible. For a port of a Wii U game, it appears to be the GTAV for the Switch, constantly selling well as a port and pushing hardware when people do not expect it. This puts Nintendo in an interesting position as there appears to be no signs of MK8D slowing down and people wonder about MK9.
Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda BOTW are incredible games and their sales more than reflect their increasing appeal. Super Mario Party is a nice surprise and appears to find a nice audience who longed for a return to form for the series.
I think, overall, these first party sales are something to behold. It shows Nintendo's brand is as strong as ever and has the potential to continue growing with its upcoming games at the helm such as Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion 3, Pokemon Gen 8, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Daemon x Machina, etc. I guess this also gives Nintendo little reason to permanently cut prices of their games as sales do not appear to be slowing down and they can still build revenue off the evergreens, even with temporary discounts down to $40 or so. So even if say, Splatoon 2 matches Uncharted 4's LT sales, you could say that Splatoon 2 brought in more LT revenue as it only had temporary price cuts down to $45 or so while Unchared 4 decreased to $20 or so. Not saying its a good or bad thing, just seeing looking at it for what its worth.Last edited by Kai_Mao - on 02 February 2019