Nintendo is having a fantastic year all over the world, and that includes Canada. Turns out the Switch is doing big business in our neighbor to the north, according to Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo Canada general manager.
“It’s definitely been a complete change of fortune and direction, from a business perspective, for Nintendo. We have had a lot of gaming experiences that have succeeded in the essence of making people smile. At the heart of it, it is very simple universal game mechanics that any kid or kid at heart can jump in and enjoy.
In any universe, the launch of a new Mario is a big game. The launch of a Zelda game is an even bigger deal. We’ve had two in a launch year, so yes, that was a strategically critical decision to build these two pillars. That momentum and demand for the platform has resulted in third parties saying ‘I’ll make some games for this, too.’”
In Canada, the Switch has been the No. 1 selling console in 2017 with 209,000 units. The Switch was closely followed by the PS4, which has sold 205,000 units for the year. For September alone, 73 per cent of console sales in Canada were Nintendo products, making for a total 115,000 units split between the Switch, 3DS and SNES Classic.