Earlier this year, many analysts predicted that the Nintendo Switch sales will be slowing in 2018 after riding on the launch success of the console in the prior year. Regardless of this prediction, the Switch certainly performed well over the holiday shopping weekend. The console set sales records during the biggest shopping weekend of the year topping sales of the Wii during the same 5-day stretch according to Fortune. And, if you can reach back into your memory banks, remember that the Wii practically allowed Nintendo to print money. It was a sales juggernaut in its early years.
Recently, we reported that Nintendo Switch consoles were the top-selling video game item on Cyber Monday and the third highest selling item overall. Now, reports that Switch sales are up by 115% bringing the total units sold to 8.2 million have brightened prospects for the console. However, Fortune noted that the Switch still has “a long way to go before it catches up with the Wii’s overall sales.”
However, thanks to the Switch sales records, other Nintendo products were booming over the holiday weekend. Games saw a spike in sales as consumers snagged 1 million units leading to a 78% lead over last year.
All in all, these are some sturdy sales figures. Let’s hope Nintendo can build off of the excitement over its console with a proper lineup in 2019. Just next week, we are seeing the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Then Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is making its way to the console early in the year. We’re also expecting Yoshi’s Crafted World, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and potentially Metroid Prime 4 among others. If Nintendo can sustain the excitement over the console and build momentum, the Nintendo Switch will be sitting very pretty by the end of its life cycle.
Are you excited for the future of Nintendo Switch? Were you or someone you know part of the massive holiday surge in console sales? Let us know what you think about all of this in the comments below!