The PlayStation 5 broke the Nintendo Switch US bestseller record for 33 consecutive months, becoming the September bestseller.
By May of this year, the Nintendo Switch had sold 85 million units; beating lifetime sales of the Game Boy Advance. By October 2020, the console had already achieved top-selling console status in the United States for 22 consecutive months. This was snapped at 33 consecutive months in September by the PlayStation 5.
As the record was broken in October (as reported by VGC), NPD group executive director and video game industry adviser Mat Piscatella revealed his thoughts. He was asked on Twitter whether the change was due to good PlayStation 5 sales figures or lower Nintendo Switch sales.
“I think this reflects more the offer at this stage”, Piscatelle Explain. âSony has managed to bring a lot of PS5s to the market, as Switch prepares to release OLED. Difficult to say, the sales curves are not normalized at the moment. Sony has achieved this despite the continued shortage of chips and almost constant reports of shortages and sold out of next-gen consoles.
While the somewhat unpredictable industry has seen more complications over the past few years, Piscatella can see the fun side. âYes, in normal times the video game market can be unpredictable, but will tease you from time to time with what looks stable but really isn’t. Right now, given how chaotic * everything * is, it’s actually a little easier. Everyone knows that no one really knows what’s going to happen next.
Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda claimed that new hardware would be key for Nintendo in 2021. For example, new hardware could tempt those who had not yet purchased a Nintendo Switch; as seen with the new Nintendo Switch OLED model.
He cited the success of the Game Boy, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS; while the Wii and PlayStation 4 had little or no variation, and saw a sharp drop in sales during the second half of their respective launch years. Yasuda also claimed that Nintendo had a “oligopoly” in Japan, while sales of PlayStation games have been virtually âEradicated.” It remains to be seen whether this American news will be reflected in Japan.
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