Nintendo Switch Outsells PS4 and Xbox One for Third Month In a Row
After the commercial disappointment that was the Wii U, Nintendo needed a win and the Nintendo Switch is that win. Gamespot has reported that the Switch sold 2 million units during the month of September outselling both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition to the strong Switch sales, the company said that the combined sales for the Switch, Nintendo 3DS, and Super Nintendo Classic made up 2/3 of the U.S. hardware market.
The official numbers from the NPD Group’s report haven’t been released yet, but it’s not uncommon for publishers such as Nintendo to send out press releases touting the positive aspects of the upcoming reports and Nintendo did have a lot to feel proud of this time around. The Japanese gaming giant has said that the upcoming report will show that this is the third month in a row that the Switch has outsold the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Overall, this marks the fifth month out of the seven that the Switch has been available for purchase in which the hybrid console has outsold its rivals.
Nintendo did not announce any specific sales numbers, but the company boasted that the console has sold more than two million units since its U.S. launch. The full NPD report should shed more light on the actual number of Switch consoles sold.
In terms of software, Nintendo is also doing fairly well with several of the company’s exclusives being top sellers. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was the month’s seventh-best-selling game, Metroid: Samus Returns came in eighth place, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took the number 10 spot with Mario Kart 8: Deluxe claiming the number 11 spot. The 27th of this month will see the release of Super Mario Odyssey and games in the flagship Mario franchise always do well when it comes to sales.
Amidst all of this good news, there is a some bad. The Switch’s success has meant that Nintendo has ran into supply problems and is having trouble meeting demand. The company has said that it aims to produce 2 million Switch units a month, but it is unclear if that will be enough to meet holiday demand especially with the Switch going on sale in China later this year.
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