Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Switch absolutely crushed the month of December

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The Switch has been a popular product since its debut, but Nintendo's Christmas 2018 was more than satisfying. According to the NPD group, Switch sales have put the company back in the good old days of 2009, when the Wii was tearing the cards.

In a long thread on Twitter, NDP analyst Mat Piscatella explained how the quarter has ended. Overall sales of video game equipment decreased 8% in December 2018 compared to December 2017, but full-year sales increased by the same amount. Total sales of software, hardware and accessories increased 2% for the month of December and 13% for the year as a whole. According to Piscatella, the switchSEEAMAZON_ET_135 View Amazon AND Trade "Hardware sales were the highest in December for a single platform since the Nintendo Wii in December 2009, and sales were the highest in December for a single platform since December 2010." He then followed with this tweet:

US NPD HW – Nintendo Switch ends the year 2018 as the best selling hardware platform of the year in units and dollars. Nintendo Switch annual and unit sales represent the highest annual total for all hardware platforms since PlayStation 4 in 2015.

– Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) January 22, 2019

The good news for Nintendo does not stop there. Super Smash Bros UltimateSEEAMAZON_ET_135 View Amazon AND Trade, which was not even launched until December, was Switch's best selling game of the year. Packaged sales – that is, physical, non-digital retailers – outperformed Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the former record holder, by 70%. According to Kotaku, the first month's physical sales of Ultimate rise to more than 4.5 million units. SSBU also set a sales record for an exclusive platform, surpassing the launch of Halo: Reach in 2010. And the fun does not end there: Mario Kart finished 2018 as the second-best selling racing game of all time, "only ahead of Mario Kart Wii for lifetime sales".

We think the Smash development team probably looks like this right now.

The end result of all this is that Nintendo has generated more software revenue than any other console provider for the entire year. Sony and Microsoft have not had bad years – according to NPD, the total sales of the three platforms has increased for the full year compared to 2017.

US NPD HW – For the year 2018, spending on computer equipment increased by 8% to $ 5.1 billion. Console hardware sales drove growth, while PlayStation 4, Plug N Play devices, Switch, and Xbox One all posted year-over-year gains.

– Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) January 22, 2019

These gains may have been specific to the United States; VGChartz, which monitors the global market, says sales of PS4 and Xbox One dropped 10.5 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively. It would be extremely interesting to know if the launch of the switch had a significant impact on the sales of the Xbox One X or the PS4 Pro. Have players already connected to Sony or Microsoft's ecosystems reacted to these updates by replacing the hardware they already had, or have they opted for a Nintendo system with a value proposition that is different from that of the Nintendo system? Equipment that they already owned? Unfortunately, this type of granularity is hard to find. Anyway, Nintendo has shown that the popularity of Switch was not temporary.

If the Switch and Xbox One continue to sell at VGChartz's estimated rates in 2018, it will exceed Xbox One's lifetime sales in 2020, although it was launched more than three years after the current Microsoft console.

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