Just in case there was any doubt, the Switch is still doing the absolute business when it comes to sales; Nintendo's hybrid machine sold better than its industry rivals to be the best-selling system across the US in January.
Not content with simply outselling the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the Switch actually sold more units in the US last month than any games console has managed since the Wii way back in 2010. The news was confirmed by NPD Group's Mat Piscatella:
As you can also see, Switch helped games hardware sales to reach $319 million last month, again the best figures seen in the month of January for many years. Piscatella reports that January 2021 consumer spending across game hardware, content, and accessories achieved a January record of $4.7 billion, a 42% rise year-on-year.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was Nintendo's best-selling software of the month, landing fifth in the overall chart (although it's worth noting that Nintendo doesn't share digital sales for its titles in this all-platform chart, meaning it may well have placed higher with all sales included):
Not bad for a system in the "middle of its life cycle," huh?
@Friendly I didn't enjoy the demo. I've always been curious about the Warriors series and come close to buying Hyrule Warriors on Wii U a couple of times. But something was putting me off. I thought I'd buy Age of Calamity for sure but then I played the demo. It's not for me.
As for Paper Mario, Ive played a good bit of Thousand Year Door back when it came out and some of Super Paper Mario and I couldn't get into either of them. Perhaps I'd enjoy the newer style the series has moved in but I'm not willing to spend. £50 to find out.
The problem I have with Nintendo's Switch output is the same as many others on this site, I owned a Wii U. If I hadn't, I'd be over the moon with the games they've put out. Mario Kart, Tropical Freeze, 3D World, Bayonetta 2.etc.... would all be new and I wouldn't have burned myself out on Smash and Mario Maker to the point I had no interest in the sequels.
Not every Nintendo game is for me, I get that but there's usually always 2 or 3 a year that are. Unfortunately for me, these games have mostly been the Wii U ports.