The Nintendo Switch won 2018. Nintendo’s little hybrid that could ended up becoming the best-selling console hardware of 2018.
According to VentureBeat, the NPD Group released the numbers and the Switch was the top of the bunch, selling the most hardware stock keeping units throughout December of 2018, and ended up having the highest total number of sales in 2018 overall.
According to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, he told VentureBeat…
“Nintendo Switch ends 2018 as the year’s best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars. Annual unit and dollar sales of Nintendo Switch are the highest annual total for any hardware platform since the PlayStation 4 in 2015.”
The Switch was also pushing the boundaries and breaking through barriers, managing to shift the most unit sales for a home console in December for a single-platform since 2010.
Basically, the Switch absolutely trounced the PlayStation 4 by 1 million unit sales in the U.S., alone.
This is a good sign for everyone who has been ragging on Sony about their censorship policies, which has ruined many-a-games and has put hardships on Japanese developers by forcing them to censoring touching mini-games or remove certain kinds of fan-service.
Nintendo, alternatively, is not enforcing third-party developers to censor games nor are they blocking the release of sexy-time games on their system the way Sony did with Omega Labyrinth Z or Super Seducer.
This isn’t just a one-off case, though. Nintendo has been rocking the sales charts in and out of 2018 all year long.
It topped off the year with the big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate release, which really pushed the console over the top.
What’s more is that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ended up becoming the best selling game of December, 2018, beating out the dollar value of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2, both of which are multiplatform games.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4**
- Red Dead Redemption II
- Battlefield V**
- NBA 2K19
- Mario Kart 8*
- Madden NFL 19**
- Super Mario Party*
- Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
- Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
- Super Mario Odyssey*
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- Just Cause 4
- FIFA 19
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy**
- Fallout 76*
In fact, according to VentureBeat, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the 5th best selling game of all of 2018. And to make matters even worse for the competition, Nintendo withheld digital software sales. So only counting the physical SKUs, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate still beat out Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, even accounting for their digital sales on home consoles.
If gamers continue to support Nintendo through these tough times in the culture war, and prove that their hard-earned money deserves to go to a company that produces quality content that doesn’t participate in the waifu holocaust, then there’s hope for a better future yet.
(Thanks for the news tip zac za)