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Jumpin said:

Switch still dipping down, and it might go lower than it otherwise would have in the weeks to come, as Nintendo stumbled with their latest Direct by taking focus off of the Winter quarter.  Capping it off with a hand tip for an unremarkable game 1-2 years away was like shooting themselves in the foot. The thing is, the next couple of months are strong, Nintendo just really sold it poorly by pushing this Direct out. Probably the first thing they’ve done I really disagree with this generation.

IMO, their newsletters are still fairly strong, as are their eShop and news channel promos. But I feel this Direct just ate all the focus.

Who knows, maybe it won’t have a severe impact?

I thought the first half of 2021 > First half of 2020? 



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What's the US gap looking like? Might be the only one worth looking at this gen.



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eva01beserk said:

What's the US gap looking like? Might be the only one worth looking at this gen.

Latest week sales:

  • PS5: 67,981
  • XSX|S: 56,973

Total sales:

  • PS5: 2,261,466
  • XSX|S: 1,786,905

As always they could change when we get more data and possibly make adjustments. 



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trunkswd said:
eva01beserk said:

What's the US gap looking like? Might be the only one worth looking at this gen.

Latest week sales:

  • PS5: 67,981
  • XSX|S: 56,973

Total sales:

  • PS5: 2,261,466
  • XSX|S: 1,786,905

As always they could change when we get more data and possibly make adjustments. 

Still pretty close. Let's see how the games coming out this year really affect this gap. We just know the rest of the world is just gona keep on growing. 



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eva01beserk said:
trunkswd said:

Latest week sales:

  • PS5: 67,981
  • XSX|S: 56,973

Total sales:

  • PS5: 2,261,466
  • XSX|S: 1,786,905

As always they could change when we get more data and possibly make adjustments. 

Still pretty close. Let's see how the games coming out this year really affect this gap. We just know the rest of the world is just gona keep on growing. 

Americas and the UK are the places the Xbox Series X|S has a chance to outsell the PS5. Despite all the issues with the Xbox One it wasn't that far behind the PS4 in the US. Though, I don't see either outselling the lifetime sales of the Switch. 



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trunkswd said:
eva01beserk said:

Still pretty close. Let's see how the games coming out this year really affect this gap. We just know the rest of the world is just gona keep on growing. 

Americas and the UK are the places the Xbox Series X|S has a chance to outsell the PS5. Despite all the issues with the Xbox One it wasn't that far behind the PS4 in the US. Though, I don't see either outselling the lifetime sales of the Switch. 

For me it depends on if they release another midgen upgrade. If they don't this will be the shortest gen ever and there is no way the ps5 even beats the ps4. If another midgen pushes to the same life as the 8th then I definetly see the ps5 at least reaching the ps4. Switch? Honestly the same. Nintendo really kills their consoles when their new one is out. We got to see what this companies decide to do.



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Can the PS5 crack 200K sales next week? Stock seems to getting better.



xMetroid said:
Jumpin said:

Switch still dipping down, and it might go lower than it otherwise would have in the weeks to come, as Nintendo stumbled with their latest Direct by taking focus off of the Winter quarter.  Capping it off with a hand tip for an unremarkable game 1-2 years away was like shooting themselves in the foot. The thing is, the next couple of months are strong, Nintendo just really sold it poorly by pushing this Direct out. Probably the first thing they’ve done I really disagree with this generation.

IMO, their newsletters are still fairly strong, as are their eShop and news channel promos. But I feel this Direct just ate all the focus.

Who knows, maybe it won’t have a severe impact?

They sold 28 millions consoles last year without a direct, i don't feel like a average direct will make the sales dip. Imo they will have a big direct with Botw, revision and metroid sometimes this year. There is literally no competition right now anyway. No big games releasing only on PS5/XS until like June and they are also nowhere to be found.

What you mean is they didn't have a big unfocused Direct that focused on some game not coming out for potentially years. But they had almost 20 Directs last year. Better Directs that were much more focused in theme and on a relavent timeframe. Nintendo also had strong promotion through social media, newsletters, the Switch news channel, and EShop promotions/sales. 2020 was perhaps the most solid marketing they've done outside of the launch of the Switch and the early Wii and DS Lite years.

The issue with these large and unfocused Directs is they don't seem to do anything except confuse and disappoint people. What was the point of overloading people with all these uninformative and forgettable clips of games and then honing the whole thing in on some unremarkable-looking Splatoon game that's not even coming out for 11-23 months?

I don't know how much of an impact a Direct has on sales, but this one had a negative response. So it might be a lot better if Directs like this have no impact on sales. They oversold stuff coming out in 1-2 years, and because of this they undersold the stuff that's just around the corner. Those games might have looked a lot more appealing if they broke them up into 3-4 smaller, better themed, more digestible Directs.

For the record, I hate making whiny sounding posts like this to try to get a marketing point across =)



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Jranation said:
Jumpin said:

Switch still dipping down, and it might go lower than it otherwise would have in the weeks to come, as Nintendo stumbled with their latest Direct by taking focus off of the Winter quarter.  Capping it off with a hand tip for an unremarkable game 1-2 years away was like shooting themselves in the foot. The thing is, the next couple of months are strong, Nintendo just really sold it poorly by pushing this Direct out. Probably the first thing they’ve done I really disagree with this generation.

IMO, their newsletters are still fairly strong, as are their eShop and news channel promos. But I feel this Direct just ate all the focus.

Who knows, maybe it won’t have a severe impact?

I thought the first half of 2021 > First half of 2020? 

I'm not necessarily agreeing with you that it's better than 2020 (as XC:DE and ACNH are two of my favourite Switch games, period), but it's good. The point I was trying to make wasn't that the first half games are bad, just that they've been undersold.

IMO, Mario Golf looks like one of the most fun games that will come to Switch, but I felt that Direct really undersold it. Think of how different things would have looked if they themed their Directs across a short series over the next month? Instead of being one of a mass of games on a 50 minute Direct, it would instead be one of 3 to 5 in a Direct focused on motion games. Kicking off with the first Zelda anniversary game Skyward Sword remaster, they could have stuck a Ring Fit update in there, a look at Pokemon Snap, and then a more in-depth look at Mario Golf.

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Last edited by Jumpin - on 19 February 2021

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