I'm nowhere near as optimistic as you guys. I think this month is going to be big as well, but I think around next month is when we are going to start seeing the negative effects the pandemic has had on everyone's economy.
People overstate the impact of recessions on entertainment. The console and movie industries had some of their best years during 2009.
Movies may possibly take a hit, especially upcoming ones. I may be wrong, but a recession in 2009 is different to a recession, plus a pandemic, in 2020. With theaters being closed due to the pandemic and will likely not pick up where it left off once they reopen again, due to the need for social/physical distancing, the DVD/Blu-Ray and digital download sales would have to pick up the slack. Not to mention those areas have to compete with the various streaming services.
It's pretty incredible that the Switch, despite some stock issues, is picking things up at an incredible record-breaking pace. I am surprised that despite the utter dominance of the PS4 from 2013-17, the Switch is able to set new records for non-holiday months this generation, even reaching heights similar to that of the Wii, without the need of the "fad" gimmick.
I had no doubt about FFVIIR's performance. Even though its one out of who-knows-how-many parts, the remake was highly anticipated for a long-time. It's FFVII. Its among the biggest/important games in history.
Animal Crossing continues to do well, even without digital sales being noted in the NPD. It continues to be this crazy phenomenon that very few games reach. Not to mention its a life simulator, you don't hear a game like that take the world by storm unless you mention The Sims.
Trials of Mana ranking among the Switch's top 10 is nice to see. Hopefully, it will continue to do well to encourage more AA support for the Switch.
Last edited by Kai_Mao - on 22 May 2020