The Switch continues to be a force to be reckoned with over in the USA; the largest individual market in the whole game industry. The NPD has released a report for February 2020, and not so surprisingly, the Nintendo Switch comes out on top as the best-selling system for the month.
As both Sony and Microsoft prepare to release their next-generation systems, the Switch continues to soak up the limelight almost uncontested in most countries. That said, there is a bit of bad news.
Hardware spending for the entirety of February 2020 is down by 34% compared to the same month of last year. As Mat Piscatella from the NPD reports, “all market console platforms declined when compared to a year ago.” Despite this downturn, the Switch continues to be “the best-selling hardware platform of February in both unit and dollar sales and remains the best-selling hardware platform of the year.”
US NPD HW – Hardware spending in February 2020 fell 34 percent when compared to a year ago, to $183 million. All in market console platforms declined when compared to a year ago. Annual spending has dropped 35 percent, to $312 million.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) March 13, 2020
Slowing Switch sales?
While the Switch continues to ride high, things have the potential to gradually slow down as the months go on due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak (coronavirus). Console manufacturing in Asia has been severely impacted by the outbreak, which Nintendo warns will likely lead to stock shortages. Reduced stock means lower sales. While the effects are already very evident in Japan, stock in the USA has not yet been constrained.