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Forums - Sales Discussion - January NPD 2022 Thread + Predictions

trunkswd said:
loy310 said:

huh? literally no one was prepared for this, i'm not even mad, i just want to know how the this happened.

Quite correct. No one expected that. Especially after knowing the Switch was up year-on-year in the UK and Spain. 

Do you think it might just be a 1 and done situation, or a new trend? 



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Kakadu18 said:

Well after reading the Installbase NPD thread it seems like the Switch didn't have any stock at many retailers. Like none at all since December.

Did they have any info on Xbox?  The Series S has been in stock in a lot of places all month long, I wonder if it's back to just sitting on shelves as it was pre holiday. That would definitely change the weekly charts on this website going forward. 



loy310 said:
trunkswd said:

Quite correct. No one expected that. Especially after knowing the Switch was up year-on-year in the UK and Spain. 

Do you think it might just be a 1 and done situation, or a new trend? 

It is impossible to say. But I'd say it is more due to very little stock and less about lower demand.



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Quick adjustments to VGChartz estimates to match the order of NPD: 

  1. PS5: 350,277
  2. XS: 326,664
  3. NS: 302,850


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Wouldn't this be the first time the Series consoles have outsold the Switch in NA? Xbox Series X/S had the Black Friday win but it didn't take the month of November. September 2021 is the only month I could think of where the Series consoles could have finished ahead of the Switch.

I'm surprised the PS5 came out on top of the NPD though, seems like Europe will be shafted for this quarter, unless Sony has been extremely conservative with their sales projection in Q4. Maybe its a mix of both.



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I've updated the OP with the VGChartz article on the NPD data.



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"PS5 is #1 in revenue."  Not surprised.
"PS5 is #1 in units." Very surprised.

I remember the recent Nintendo report saying that shipments in December were messed up going to North America.  I guess the affected January as well.  I expect Switch to be #1 in February again.  Switch is back in stores again now (except OLED), but I do remember seeing bigger shortages in January.  (At least where I live.)



The_Liquid_Laser said:

"PS5 is #1 in revenue."  Not surprised.
"PS5 is #1 in units." Very surprised.

I remember the recent Nintendo report saying that shipments in December were messed up going to North America.  I guess the affected January as well.  I expect Switch to be #1 in February again.  Switch is back in stores again now (except OLED), but I do remember seeing bigger shortages in January.  (At least where I live.)

NPD's Mat Piscatella suggested Nintendo moving from air freight for the holidays to boats is likely the cause of the limited Switch stock in January. I do hope stock gets sorted.



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The difference between them isn't that much tbh



CourageTCD said:

The difference between them isn't that much tbh

Right now it looks all 3 were pretty close for the month. If more data comes out I'll adjust them some more. Here are our US numbers for January after adjustments. 

PS5: 350,277

XS: 326,664

NS: 302,850



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