A few months ago, the Nintendo Switch was poised to be the year’s most popular gaming console, and its meteoric rise was already under way.
But since then, sales have dropped and the Switch’s performance has taken a turn for the worse.
In a recent report, the Japanese gaming firm Tecmo Koei found that the Nintendo handheld’s sales have declined by a whopping 20% in the last six months, while the Nintendo 3DS’ sales are down 22%.
In fact, the Wii U’s sales are still up 25%.
The problem for Nintendo is that while the Switch is selling phenomenally well, it’s also been selling very poorly.
The system’s sales figures are based on a small subset of consumers, meaning that even if the Switch were to hit the top 10 best-sellers, it would only have a slight chance of beating the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U. While Nintendo’s sales numbers may look great, they don’t tell the whole story.
In a world where sales of every gaming console are closely watched, the sales numbers are not all that useful.
If a system’s launch day sales numbers were the most useful metric, it might be possible to gauge just how popular a console is in a given market.
But in the case of the Nintendo 2DS, the only real way to gauge its popularity is through sales on the day of its launch.
To understand the Switch and 3DS sales trends, we had to look at how they compare to their competitors.
We compared sales figures for each console to determine which console was the most popular among Nintendo fans and which was the least popular among the general public.
To determine the best and worst selling Nintendo games of the past year, we used the data from Nintendo’s E-Store and IGN to calculate a number of different factors, including the games’ reviews, reviews from IGN, and the number of players on the platform.
The results are below.
As you can see, the Switch holds a strong lead in terms of sales.
Its overall sales numbers in February are more than double that of the Wii and Xbox One.
However, Nintendo has been steadily losing market share to Sony and Microsoft, who have been able to outsell Nintendo with the help of their consoles.
The Switch’s sales figure is down in comparison to its competitors.
The 3DS, on the other hand, is selling well.
Despite Nintendo’s struggles, it still has a strong base of fans who are willing to shell out for the Nintendo system.
While Nintendo’s success on the Switch has led to a lot of controversy, it hasn’t caused it to lose any momentum.
Nintendo’s games have continued to get better and better, and sales are now consistently higher than ever.
The Nintendo Switch is now a solid contender for best-seller of the console’s lifecycle.
Nintendo 2DS sales numbers can be found on the Nintendo eShop and IGN.