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Early reports put Switch at 260k sold for Sept. 2018 in U.S., down year-on-year

We won't know the full details of Sept. 2018's NPD report until next week, but we know the figures are out there for some members of the press. Obviously things leak, which has lead to reports of Switch sales for the month. In Sept. 2018, we're hearing that the Switch moved 260k units, which would be down compared to Sept. 2017. We'll update with more details if they come in.

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I mean it was to be expected Switch sales would be down this year. I mean 2018 for Switch from a 1st party perspective has been abysmal. Nothing but Wii U ports mostly which is fine they sold well but CLEARLY they weren't system sellers (just like they weren't on Wii U). Then the few original titles Nintendo has released this year have been extremely mediocre. Kirby Star Allies, Mario Tennis Aces, Sushi Striker, and Super Mario Party are all very lackluster IMO, most critics and audience seem to agree. Then we had LABO which Nintendo thought the casual market would eat up expensive cardboard. While LABO is no way a sales failure it sure as hell didn't meet Nintendo's expectations. So basically the only 2 games this year that will sell units are Smash Ultimate and Pokemon Let's Go (even this one I have my doubts..).

Good thing 2019 is looking a WHOLE lot different with Yoshi's Crafted World, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Daemon X Machina, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Animal Crossing, Pokemon 2019, TOWN, Luigi's Mansion 3, Metroid Prime 4, and Bayonetta 3. This a JAM packed year and if Nintendo continues the momentum of one game a month instead of just back loading the back half of 2019 with games, then their is no doubt in my mind Switch sales will skyrocket not to mention the rumored revision.

wiired
Fri Oct 19 18 07:19pm
Rating: 1

I think the next 3 months will be huge though

One problem personally to me is Nintendo momentum. They are putting out software, but not putting out the type of software none Nintendo gamer want. If i was Nintendo i would put money towards studios that make games that's not traditionally Nintendo. Sony has done a good job at offering different experiences on the PS4 platform. Nintendo on the other hand puts out software we expect of them.

I mean September had Torna... like are you saying Nintendo shouldn't fund large scale niche games? Like yes, Nintendo most certainly should make unique software, and I 100% think that they need more first party studios outside of Monolithsoft to target software maturer audiences, but if Nintendo has the software to sell systems, and they don't need every game to be that, especially if they can get third parties like Level V (who has some big stuff upcoming) and Capcom (come on Mon Hun) to help release system sellers, Nintendo most certainly should take advantage of their massive budget and the fact that, as a first party, they can take more risks on software development, to make more niche and risky titles that other publishers might not feel comfortable making.
This year had both Bayonetta 1&2 and Labo, one of which was a casual IP, which while not wildly successful, was not something that was on Switch, and the other was Labo... wait no, I mean the other was a series that no one thought would be on a Nintendo system 8 years ago. The issue isn't what they are making, remember they have Daemon X Machina, a mech game, coming next year, this year the issue is how little software they made. And yeah, Torna and Labo weren't going to sell any units last month, Labo had already had two sets and Toran was just an expansion. July Switch was the best selling system with Octopath alone, remember. September was just a bad month for the Switch in the US.

Fri Oct 19 18 07:37pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

I wouldn’t worry. This next few months are going to be bigger than the same period last year with Pokemon and Smash.

I don't think anyone had the slightest doubt that September and October were going to be Sony months with the two major titles they have respectively, nor do I think anyone at Nintendo is surprised either.

Now, November, December, and January on the other hand... I'm sure whoever makes sales projections at Nintendo can sleep feeling safe at night.

With Mario Party and Dark Souls, I can see Switch fairing well this month. What does Sony have for base PS4 in October. I know they have Astro Bot (which looks great), but that is VR. It hopefully will sell some VR units, but that isn't going to push many PS4s....

mariostarn
Fri Oct 19 18 10:27pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

There's this little game about cowboys coming near the end of the month made by a little-known studio named Rockstar...

RDR2 is multiplat, but no one cares about XB1 and all the heavy marketing push as well as system bundles are for PS4. Sony's gonna take this month easily as well, and there will be another drop as last October was also when Super Mario Odyssey came out. Nintendo is well set to take the holidays and therefore the year overall with Pokémon and Smash Bros (Mario Party will be the cherry on top with the joycon bundle coming out), but October sales are going to be very weak compared to last year's due to the aforementioned reasons.

Switch isn't going to sell well because RDR2? Not sure if they have any correlation....
"No one cares about X1" outside of America, yes, but in America there are enough Xbox Ones for it to hold weight. I'm not going to say that RDR2 isn't going to sell PS4s, GTAV sold PS4s for years, but at this point in the systems life cycle, only unique exclusives and price cuts/bundles are going to be the massive pushers for the system. A lot of the RDR2 audience is the audience that already bought PS4, Xbox One, or PC for and/or alongside GTAV. Less PS4s will sell for that game then Spiderman and GoW. Also, I'm more concerned with how well Switch will sell compared to prior months this year. Also, Nintendo might be betting on a large marketing campaign and massive shipments of Switch, plus upcoming bundles, to increase sales in America before the holidays. Nintendo is betting on selling a lot of systems this fiscal year, and so far they are on pace to sell less than last year. At this point, they are going to have to sell a LOT of Switches this quarter, and that would have to start this month. At this point for PS4, Sony is more likely to bet on PSN, software, and VR sales than hardware, hardware sales are going to start to drop along with prices.

Also, RDR2 is still third party, and as I said, it will still sell on PC and Xbox. That would be the same as me saying Dark Souls is a big October Nintendo release because preorders were higher for it than PS4 and Xbox One. Its still a multiplat.

mariostarn
Sat Oct 20 18 12:00am
(Updated 1 time)

I never said it would not sell well. What I'm saying is it's not going to be the best selling console for the month, and most certainly it will sell less on October 2018 compared to October 2017 because it's not going to have the big push that Super Mario Odyssey gave during that timeframe, and I'm sure Nintendo knows this and factored it the moment they charted their sales target for the year.

I fully believe they are going to reach their sales goals and they are going to smash everything else during the holidays, but October's gonna be Sony territory either way.

Oh sure, beating PS4, in the US at least, is going to be risky, yeah. But I don't think Read Dead is the reason why.

Only time will tell whether we were wrong or right, but either way I'm sure we'd all be happy if Nintendo does well, and hopefully they will.

Well, probably except for a few grumpy people in this site.

It’s been pretty thin for those of us who don’t care about ports. Pokémon and Smash will be big though. At least the year will end strong.

maybe they are reaching the saturation point?

260k is only 40k less than last year, if 260k is their average in a bad month, then Switch is still doing fine, holidays are always far higher than the average, and months like July and October, with larger releases, will likely do better than this month did...

The Switch moved around an estimated 300k last year so it's not a huge drop. It still pulled in over 100k more units than the XB1. It was mainly just because Sony had a massive month thanks to Spidey, where Nintendo's "big titles" were both expansions (Xenoblade Golden Country, and a Labo Pack).

I wouldn't call Labo a "big title". The latest pack has been a complete flop, certainly in Japan and Europe, in particular the UK. I can't see it being in the NPD's Top 20 either.

Let’s not forget that this time last year, people were trying to have a system before Super Mario Odyssey.

Will Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon be huge? Fighters are in a way a bit niche, I'm not that bothered with it after owning it on Wii U. By the way, that game is a bit of a disaster when you look at the DLC on the eShop. It's a mess, to get everything, you'd have to spend well over €100, there's no all-in-one pack. In a way, if you're new to Smash, then this upcoming Ultimate edition represents good value.

And then there's the Pokémon games, I've never liked it, and this game is neither original nor a mainline game. I still think it'll sell well though, probably more than Smash. Smash wouldn't be as popular as say, Mario or Mario Kart.

Nintendo also will be competing against Sony and Microsoft for the upcoming Christmas period. Like yesterday, I heard an ad on the radio for RDR2, it's unusual to hear a game being advertised on there. But that's likely going to be huge. And then on the other hand, I don't see Nintendo ads on TV.

rickola
Sat Oct 20 18 06:52am
Rating: 3

Smash bros is the top selling fighting series, only one to regularly break 10 million in releases, at least based on the data I've seen, Pokemon Let's Go apparently is flopping hard with pre orders, which is good, but not the sort of net good like having Gamefreak cease to exist would be.

I know Smash sells well but not as much as Mario or Mario Kart. Last year Switch had both and other big games. This year has been dreadful by comparison. I'm saying that I can't see Smash Ultimate helping the way Odyssey did. Maybe the combination of it and Pokemon will do alright. I know I've no real interest in Smash Bros after playing it a lot on Wii U. There's not enough new, or no new evolution of gameplay. And I've absolutely no interest in Pokemon. I know others who've no interest in either game. So this year as far as Nintendo's output is concerned to me has been a whitewash.

You just have to shoehorn your misguided view on Smash Ultimate into every topic, huh? Christ almighty...

I don't see these games pushing it very hard either, too little too late, Smash Bros could easily outsell Super Mario Odyssey but considering it's appeal is primarily to Nintendo fans I personally don't expect it to push hardware sales, Pokemon could push hardware sales, but I've read that pre orders are way down, so it looks like people aren't falling for the Let's Go scam.

This year has been bad from Nintendo, I wonder how long it will take them to rectify it, I'm not too impressed by 2019 either, and considering this year, we've probably seen 2019s full lineup already.

I mean it was to be expected Switch sales would be down this year. I mean 2018 for Switch from a 1st party perspective has been abysmal. Nothing but Wii U ports mostly which is fine they sold well but CLEARLY they weren't system sellers (just like they weren't on Wii U). Then the few original titles Nintendo has released this year have been extremely mediocre. Kirby Star Allies, Mario Tennis Aces, Sushi Striker, and Super Mario Party are all very lackluster IMO, most critics and audience seem to agree. Then we had LABO which Nintendo thought the casual market would eat up expensive cardboard. While LABO is no way a sales failure it sure as hell didn't meet Nintendo's expectations. So basically the only 2 games this year that will sell units are Smash Ultimate and Pokemon Let's Go (even this one I have my doubts..).

Good thing 2019 is looking a WHOLE lot different with Yoshi's Crafted World, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Daemon X Machina, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Animal Crossing, Pokemon 2019, TOWN, Luigi's Mansion 3, Metroid Prime 4, and Bayonetta 3. This a JAM packed year and if Nintendo continues the momentum of one game a month instead of just back loading the back half of 2019 with games, then their is no doubt in my mind Switch sales will skyrocket not to mention the rumored revision.

Ya, next year should be far better. I don't expect Metroid Prime 4 to come out until 2020 though. Which reminds me, Retro Studios, seriously, what the hell is up with them? It's coming up on 5 years since they released DKC: TF and we haven't heard diddly squat from them since. They have be one of the least prolific developers around. They've made 5 original games in 20 years.

Atleast that's better than what Rare has ever made as of now even though it leaves you to wonder otherwise.

Woah man, they worked on the Tropical Freeze Switch port. Funky Kong is a hard character to develop and he don't come cheap that's what they were working on for 4 years.

It's too late for Nintendo to step things up but it would be nice to see them put in more effort in the future. Maybe things will pick up in 2020, that's a fair while away now though.

I'm grateful to have Steam on the go.

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