Nintendo Switch Boosts Console Sales in the US

Nintendo Switch has been the best-selling console in the United States for five out of the seven months since its release in March, despite ongoing stock issues.

The company announced in a press release that Nintendo devices, including the 3DS handheld and the hotly-anticipated re-imagining of the 30-year-old Super Nintendo Entertainment System—which was the best-selling console in the States last month, according to NPD Group—accounted for two-thirds of video game hardware sales in the US in September.

Video game hardware sales also increased by at least 20% in the months since the Switch launched; in September, gaming hardware sales reached $316 million, a 34% increase from $234 million in September 2016.

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It’s also predicted that the Switch will see a boost to sales with the release of Super Mario Odyssey on October 27th.

Analyst Comment

The console market has been a two-horse race between Nintendo and Sony in the US so far this year, while Microsoft’s sales have declined significantly since the release of the Switch. Xbox One only accounted for 20% of console sales in July, according to VGChartz, but with the super-powered Xbox One X right around the corner, it remains to be seen if Microsoft can reclaim its position. (AF)