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Multiple first-party Switch games have outsold every PS4 exclusive

Uncharted territory

Here's a little tidbit to put Switch software sales in perspective. There are six different first party games on Switch that have outsold every single PS4 exclusive game since the platform launched. That's not combined sales, but sales for each individual game.

The best-selling PS4 exclusive is Uncharted 4, which moved over 16 million units. Here's the Switch titles that have managed to outsell that PS4 exclusive.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 26.74 million pcs.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 22.40 million pcs.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 19.99 million pcs.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 18.60 million pcs.
Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield - 18.22 million pcs.
Super Mario Odyssey - 18.06 million pcs.

Obviously impressive figures for all the titles listed above, but the real show-stopper is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. That game managed to outsell Uncharted 4's total lifetime sales in just 3+ months!

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
Tags: eshop, switch

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Ought to have been the Wii U, especially since more than one of those are just ports of what were meant to be cornerstone Wii U exclusives.

But the game industry is nothing if not hypocritical, so whatever. I'll take what I can get, even if it's aggravating to see many of these former Wii U games being listed as merely "multi-platform" in many best-seller lists since this industry is no stranger to trying to give the Wii U as little credit as possible and erase its legacy wherever it can.

ridleysaria
Fri Aug 07 20 02:51am
Rating: 1

Nintendo continues to make some of the best, beloved games in the business.

PS4 has the mass and the Switch has the class.
But many of my Switch games are from third parties, so we're getting there in terms of mass as well.

ninjablaze
Fri Aug 07 20 05:10am
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im surprised and disappointed God of War never managed to sell more than Uncharted 4. it was a much better game (imo)

acmiguens
Fri Aug 07 20 12:18pm
Rating: 1

I agree. To me GoW is the best PS4 game. However, we can't know for sure which one sold better. Sony doesn't usually reveal official numbers more than once or twice, and a lot of sales comparisons use revenue instead of units sold. It's quite frankly a mess to know data from them, so there are no accurate numbers out there.

socar
Fri Aug 07 20 05:48am
Rating: 3

This is why Nintendo games will be charged full price always. Because they hold far more value than their competitions would and I'm proud of buying games with value.

fylo
Fri Aug 07 20 10:42am
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

I think it mainly reflects how a company values their work. We've heard much of how other companies look for short term gains at the expense of employees, franchises and customer trust. I think discounts aren't inherently bad, but I think they should be for limited times, since otherwise you're just building a culture of people expecting games to have less value after the month they've been released.

People may not like Nintendo keeping their prices up, but in a sense they've also built that expectation. With that said when one of their games bomb like Other M or Star Fox Zero they do discount faster than a game that's successful. Makes sense.

socar
Fri Aug 07 20 01:47pm
Rating: 1

I have nothing against those who want games cheap. Its just that if an average person can afford basic needs and wants, then they can certainly afford full-priced games.

And we're already given a title which is vote with your wallet. Its upto consumers to decide on what games they think are worth buying. By buying a game at a high price, you're being assured that you are buying a game with value which again, Nintendo is mostly known for that.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where people want things cheap because they think its not worth the price instead of looking it at what the games actually offer.

Ought to have been the Wii U, especially since more than one of those are just ports of what were meant to be cornerstone Wii U exclusives.

But the game industry is nothing if not hypocritical, so whatever. I'll take what I can get, even if it's aggravating to see many of these former Wii U games being listed as merely "multi-platform" in many best-seller lists since this industry is no stranger to trying to give the Wii U as little credit as possible and erase its legacy wherever it can.

acmiguens
Fri Aug 07 20 12:25pm
Rating: 1

Let's aside all the poor naming, marketing, release titles (had volume, no real must own besides NintendoLand), dry spells, underused GamePad, and an over expensive console overall. That is mostly agreed upon.

The Wii U had some amazing titles! There's no doubt about it, but they weren't able to save the system, unfortunately.

One point that I do agree with people who complain about Wii U games is the sequence of getting Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (a glorified demo), Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival, and StarFox Zero (which I enjoyed, but most people didn't). There were sure amazing games, but the low points were really low and months of nothing new happened as well.

I'm just glad these games got a second chance in the spotlight Smile

After a while, I just used my Wii U as a Netflix machine, with the gamepad as a remote. XD Those dry spells were god-awful, and even the games that most people liked I couldn't play all that well because of some of their insistence on using the TV and Gamepad at the same time (I'm nearsighted and don't have three hands.) But I did enjoy some of the down-to-earth games and the Virtual Console (rest in peace).

The Virtual Console really helped during the dry spells. I miss the games, but not the price. In two years of NSO I've spent $20 (got one year free). If I had paid for all the games I've played I'd have spent over $150.
Hopefully we'll keep getting a new system per year and more and more great games Smile

Why should Nintendo change their pricing strategy again?

Because, like with most complains. Nintendo isn't doing what everyone else does.

I honestly think some visual intensive games lower their price too much.

yup - I think they have a very successful pricing strategy that gamers just like to complain about sometimes due to the race-to-the-bottom actions of other companies.

It probably cost three times as much to make that Uncharted game too, based off of all the outsourcing those games require. Nintendo has probably made a lot of money off those games.

I hope Nintendo can keep things fresh with their future titles. Lets gets some new ideas and IP. With so many people having already bought these titles, can sequels be as successful?

It's interesting (to me) that 4 of those 6 Switch games all support online play and those games wouldn't have half the replay value without it, while a lot of Sony's 1st party stuff seems to leave out multiplayer (TLoU2) or just make it pretty bare bones (Uncharted) and instead they focus on great storytelling, which is the one area I feel Nintendo just has no idea what they're doing.

To be fair to Ninty, most of the 1st-party games they produce (i.e. mainline Mario) don't need an engaging narrative to be enjoyable, and even the more story-focused games they make (Fire Emblem, The Legend of Zelda) don't have terrible stories, though that's not without exception. I think they're just playing to their devs' strengths, which is not a bad policy for them to follow, but does leave some other aspects of game development in the dust.

Funny that I own all those games except the top 2. Pretty impressive numbers, and well-deserved IMO.

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