Switch is Sole Console to See Growth in Physical Game Sales

Nintendo’s strong sales continue!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 08/25/2018 22:45 Comment on this     ShareThis

It’s become old news that Nintendo Switch is a runaway success, but that doesn’t mean there are elements of that success which can’t still surprise us. Industry tracking firm The NDP Group has revealed that for the month of July, Nintendo has come out on top in terms of both software and hardware sales. The previous month, NES Classic Mini was the dominant system in regards to units sold, but for July the pendulum swung back to Switch.

This shift was thanks in large part to the release of Octopath Traveler. The Square Enix old-school JRPG has set the industry ablaze with its stunning success story, which in turn has helped Switch maintain its own hot streak. While this has all become typical for Nintendo’s hybrid console, the surprising part about this month’s NDP report is the fact that Switch is the only current console to see its physical game sales experience year-on-year growth. NDP doesn’t provide actual sales numbers, but apparently the amount of games sold is up by 70 percent compared to the same time period in 2017. Whoa!

Great as this news is, there is a bit of a dark spot in the form of WarioWare Gold. The microgame compilation released on 3DS in August, which gave it a couple of days to make an impact on the sales charts. Sadly… it didn’t make a dent. WarioWare as a franchise isn’t necessarily one of Nintendo’s highest sellers, but it’s a sign of the times that the game didn’t make a splash at launch. It’s a Switch world and 3DS is just living in it, apparently. That said, despite Gold‘s stumble, half of July’s top ten of games sold were Nintendo exclusives, including Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

So, not bad, eh? What do you think about Switch’s continued good fortunes? Share with us in the comments and on social media.

Source: Venture Beat

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