On this day two years ago, the Nintendo Switch entered the video game world. Since then, it’s gone on to bring us thrills and all-around joy with its mobile and console hybrid design. Through its design and market focus, it has brought friends and family together to both compete and cooperate in the first-party romps we expect from Nintendo. It’s also been a major platform for the boon of recent indie titles.
As of the end of 2018, the Switch has sold 32.3 million units! In less than 2 years, the Switch outsold the entire life of its predecessor and became a serious competitor for the current generation consoles already in the market.
Let’s not forget what game debuted alongside the console either. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild exploded on the scene to rave reviews and sales. It became an instant classic and took home the coveted Game of the Year award in 2017. The title surely helped sell Switch consoles to the masses. Super Mario Odyssey then joined the library in the fall of 2017 offering, perhaps, the greatest Mario adventure to date. And even as recently as just a couple months ago, the Nintendo Switch received its own Super Smash Bros. entry with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which has seemingly met the high standards of fans worldwide with a massive roster and stage selection to boot.
The Switch has enjoyed several ports of prior generation games including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and many more third-party titles including Final Fantasy IX, Onimusha, Dark Souls, Resident Evil Revelations, Diablo III, Doom, Wolfenstein II, Skyrim and many more. The Switch’s library is rather large only two years later with countless first-party, third-party, and indie hits on the platform. It’s no wonder the Switch has continued to sell remarkably well.
As always, Nintendo continues to innovate and think outside the box. The Nintendo Switch, while a risky bid, was one that paid off. That innovation has even brought us unique experiences like Nintendo Labo.
Many industry pundits have stated this, and it will continue to hold true. Nintendo marches to the beat of its own drum. Let’s celebrate all that the little hybrid console has brought us and look forward to another two wonderous years with Nintendo Switch and beyond.
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night. Somewhere in between all of that, I’m a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too. If a game is all about action, there’s a safe bet I’m playing it. I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin’ on the ol’ Atari and haven’t stopped since.