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Forums - Sales Discussion - December NPD 2020: Switch 2.1 million, PS5 800K, XBS 700K

So Switch managed to perform slightly better than last year without Pokemon. Sheesh. Can't wait for total numbers on Feb 1st i think



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Hopefully we get actual numbers for both December, as well as PS & Xbox numbers for November (which we still haven't gotten). I hate it when we stop getting numbers.



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The regular Switch has been short supplied in the USA. Numbers could have been better.



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2 million is 2 million. No matter which way you slice it, that's huge!



Animal Crossing was the #1 title on Switch for December. That means the "big holiday title" launched in March. 3D All Stars ranked #3 and AoC ranked #5. This confirms what people have been saying all along which is that Switch didn't really have a big holiday title. The fact that Switch sold over 2m in December is a testament to just how strong those evergreens are.



The_Liquid_Laser said:

Animal Crossing was the #1 title on Switch for December. That means the "big holiday title" launched in March. 3D All Stars ranked #3 and AoC ranked #5. This confirms what people have been saying all along which is that Switch didn't really have a big holiday title. The fact that Switch sold over 2m in December is a testament to just how strong those evergreens are.

Yep, we called it out at the start of the year way before COVID.

New Horizon was enough for the Switch to be flat YoY, simply because it brings new demographics to the device. Now COVID actually expanded demand and we ended up with probably a record breaking year for a single platform WW. As the Wii/DS were kinda of concentrated on a few big markets - compare that to the Switch which sold 1 million units in China which was barely a blip back in the Wii/DS days. Seeing 150% Growth YoY in Other Territories(East Asia + Australia) and Developing markets like Central/Latin America, Eastern Europe etc is what will make it a record breaking year and things are likely to repeat in 2021 as Nintendo enters even more markets(Thailand being the next one)

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noshten said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

Animal Crossing was the #1 title on Switch for December. That means the "big holiday title" launched in March. 3D All Stars ranked #3 and AoC ranked #5. This confirms what people have been saying all along which is that Switch didn't really have a big holiday title. The fact that Switch sold over 2m in December is a testament to just how strong those evergreens are.

Yep, we called it out at the start of the year way before COVID.

New Horizon was enough for the Switch to be flat YoY, simply because it brings new demographics to the device. Now COVID actually expanded demand and we ended up with probably a record breaking year for a single platform WW. As the Wii/DS were kinda of concentrated on a few big markets - compare that to the Switch which sold 1 million units in China which was barely a blip back in the Wii/DS days. Seeing 150% Growth YoY in Other Territories(East Asia + Australia) and Developing markets like Central/Latin America, Eastern Europe etc(I've actually seen ads for the Switch locally and East Europe is mainly PC/Sony Land) is what will make it a record breaking year and things are likely to repeat in 2021 as Nintendo enters even more markets(Thailand being the next one)

Yup, I noticed that Nintendo now is stronger than ever in "RoW". The only "big" market left now is India iirc



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