Yesterday, according to IGN.com, the Nintendo Switch defeated the PlayStation 4 and claimed the title of best-selling console of 2018 in the United States. This was based on the December 2018 NPD report.
This is a wondrous victory for Nintendo–considering the PlayStation 4 broke the old highest annual dollar and unit sales record in 2015, according to IGN.com. IGN.com states that the PlayStation 4 held onto “the best-selling console” title throughout 2018, until the Nintendo Switch outperformed it in November–one month out of the ten prior.
Now it seems Nintendo’s December sales may have been the final trigger they needed to guarantee the Nintendo Switch’s dominance over the PlayStation 4 in the U.S. IGN.com also reports that the Nintendo Switch “generated the highest hardware dollar sales for a single platform in December”. An achievement Nintendo hasn’t had since their iconic Nintendo Wii system, according to IGN.com.
In other news, IGN.com reports that the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 all saw “year-on-year growth” in overall sales and notes, “hardware spending in 2018 is up 8 percent across the board, reaching $5.1 billion”. Nevertheless, it’s great to see Microsoft’s, Sony’s, and Nintendo’s systems do well in the consumer market. Despite this, it’s extraordinary to see Nintendo make a huge comeback with their home console and handheld hybrid.
Although IGN.com praises Red Dead Redemption 2 for claiming the best-selling game of 2018 spot from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, they state that “it’s the Switch exclusive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that became the best-selling game of December 2018 in the U.S.” Furthermore, one can speculate that the build-up toward this game’s launch helped Nintendo secure a spot for the Nintendo Switch as the best-selling system of 2018 in the U.S.
Regardless, this is a great achievement for Nintendo after what transpired for them with the Wii U. Let’s hope they’ll be able to maintain this momentum with the console by providing new and unique experiences for their fans and future consumers.
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