Nintendo really have switched their fortunesThe Switch may be a record-breaker in terms of sales but the PS4 has been the best-selling console of the year so far in the US.
Game review: Surviving Mars lets you build your own space colonyThe Switch has been officially named as the fastest-selling home console ever in the US, after celebrating its first year anniversary in the latest NPD charts.
It’s achieved the highest installed base for a console platform within a 12-month period that the US market has ever seen. Although weirdly Americans refuse to call portables consoles and so the actual fastest-seller is the Game Boy Advance – but either way Nintendo win.
The astounding turnaround from the failure of the Wii U is outlined in a recent Japanese newspaper report, which reveals that Nintendo had the most heavily traded stock in the Tokyo market over the last year.
Not only that but it’s also raised the fortunes of component suppliers for the Switch, who only a few years ago were desperate not to be associated with Nintendo because of the Wii U.
And yet despite all this Nintendo’s victory has not been complete, because the best-selling console during February was actually the PlayStation 4.
The Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch have all been running neck and neck in sales for the last few months in the US, and unusually actual sales figures leaked out for February.
They can’t be verified but they put the PlayStation 4 on 1.3 million, the Xbox One on 1.10 million and the Switch on 1.0 million. Which seems to be match up with the information NPD has made public.
According to NPD, hardware sales were at their highest since 2014. Although software sales are flat compared to this time last year.
Capcom won’t mind though because Monster Hunter: World was number one for the second month running and as such is the best-selling video game so far in the US in 2018. (Games like Fortnite don’t count because they’re free-to-play.)
But while Capcom has sold the most copies it is Nintendo who have so far made the most money this year, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe became the number one selling Switch game for the first time since May.
U.S. all formats chart* – February
1 (1) Monster Hunter: World (XO/PS4)2 (3) Call Of Duty: WWII (XO/PS4/PC)3 (6) NBA 2K18 (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC)4 (2) Dragon Ball FighterZ (XO/PS4/PC)5 (5) Grand Theft Auto V (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC)6 (-) Shadow Of The Colossus (PS4)7 (-) EA Sports UFC 3 (XO/PS4)8 (-) Kingdom Come: Deliverance (XO/PS4/PC)9 (9) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)10(7) Super Mario Odyssey (NS)
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