What can stop the Nintendo Switch? The answer: nothing at the moment. According to NPD sales data as tweeted by Benji-sales, the Switch outsold the PS4 and Xbox One in January. Back in December, the Switch outsold its competitors combined. This means Nintendo's portable console has been consistently the highest selling system in the video game market.
The Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in the US for January 2019— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) February 20, 2019
- Best January performance for any hardware this generation
- Up Year over year despite a full week less of tracking
- This now makes 2 months in a row Switch has broken a record
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What's particularly interesting is that the Switch outsold the PS4 and Xbox One despite no big new titles releasing. In fact, some of the biggest games of January released only for the Switch's competitors. It made sense for December, as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released early in that month. But for January, both the PS4 and Xbox One received Kingdom Hearts III and Resident Evil 2. Nintendo had nothing notable for January (aside from New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe), and not even February. The company's first major release this year is Yoshi's Crafted World, which is in late March. Thus, it's impressive the Switch's momentum has not been halted. It does help that 2019 is looking to be a strong year for Nintendo, while there are not a whole lot of Sony or Microsoft exclusives confirmed for 2019.
For Nintendo's 2019 lineup, we're seeing Yoshi's Crafted World, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, Luigi's Mansion 3, Animal Crossing, Link's Awakening, and the core Pokémon RPG. Plus, we're seeing other developers create anticipated games exclusively for Switch, such as Daemon X Machina and Astral Chain. Combine all that with the Switch's already notable library of titles, such as Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2, the console easily becomes the system to have. It doesn't help that Sony's The Last of Us Part 2 and Microsoft's Halo Infinite do not have confirmed release dates.
As of December 2018, the best selling Nintendo console is the DS, with 154.02 million units sold, according to the company's financial data. The best selling home console is still the Wii, with 101.63 million units sold. At this rate, the Switch could surpass both of these. Its unique identity of being a portable home console has been marketed extremely well. (Compare the Switch's sales to the Wii U, which just has 13.56 million units sold.)
It wouldn't be a stretch to say we're living in an era similar to when the Nintendo Entertainment System launched in North America. If Nintendo continues to have a consistent release schedule and gives incentive for its online service, the company should continue to see strong sales.