As quarterly financial reports emerge from all sorts of industry giants, publishers and console sellers everywhere are announcing massive sales increases in games and hardware over past years. Nintendo, for example, had a fantastic season, at many points selling Switches faster than factories could get them assembled and propelling the Switch’s lifetime sales to be very, very close to those of the NES. A lot of this is expectedly a result of COVID-19 forcing millions of people to work less and hang out at home all day. Are you part of the industry’s recent sales boom? How many games have you bought because of lockdown? Is it a lot more than normal? How many games did you grab for Switch?
I’ve bought way too many games during lockdown, and while none were specifically because of lockdown, many were picked up on sales that in turn were likely encouraged by everyone running around and buying as many games as they could carry. I’ve hit a multitude of blowout GameStop sales, for example, where I would pick up four or five games at a time at just a couple of dollars each. I mostly added stuff that I had wanted for a while, but never got around to picking up – games like Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Revelations, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Far Cry Primal, and lots more. I picked up some new titles like The Last of Us: Part II and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Also on Switch, I recently grabbed Fire Emblem: Three Houses on sale and got Final Fantasy VII off of the eShop, but it’s gonna be a while before I play either. In total, I’m probably exceeding thirty games added to the collection. As for how many of these I’ve played, I’m honestly doing pretty good, having rolled credits on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Revelations, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and a few more.
How many games have you grabbed during lockdown? How much bigger or smaller is your backlog? Let us know in the comments below . . . and then get to work on some of those games.