The State of the Switch

Things are looking up!


It’s hard to deny that the Nintendo Switch has smashed all expectations since it’s launch on March 3, 2017. In only 10 months on the market, the handheld/console hybrid has sold more than 4.8 million units in the United States alone. That number eclipses the lifetime sales of the Switch’s predecessor, the Wii U.

According to most estimates, the Nintendo Switch has enjoyed the title of fastest selling console in US history. But make no mistake, the console is doing well all over the world, shattering records in France, Germany, Japan, and the UK. Nintendo has to be pleased with the reception of its latest technology. The Switch is selling like proverbial hotcakes.

But all gamers know that it isn’t only the technology that sells a system; It’s the games. And on that front, Nintendo has not disappointed. They released a major game for the console almost every month in 2017 including the hard-hitters of Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In fact, during the launch of the Switch, Nintendo sold more copies of Breath of the Wild for Switch than Switch consoles!

But it wasn’t only Nintendo supporting the Switch. Not only did third parties dip their toes in with titles like Ultra Street Fighter II, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, and Doom, but Nindies went to town. Excellent independent titles like Golf Story, Snake Pass, and Stardew Valley easily filled in any gaps.

It would be extremely difficult to follow-up on the stellar year of 2017 in 2018, but things are even looking good this year. Nintendo has already released well-regarded Wii U ports for the more popular system like Bayonetta 1 & 2 and will be releasing more like Hyrule Warriors. With already announced new games like Kirby, Yoshi, Metroid Prime 4, and Bayonetta 3, last week’s announcement of Super Smash Bros. for Switch sent fans into a frenzy.

Things are looking really good for the Big N in 2018. But don’t forget, there is more to come. With E3 fast approaching and the ever surprising and random Nintendo Directs, who knows what else Nintendo has in store for its newest console?

What are you looking forward to in 2018 for the Switch? Comment below!

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