In a month prior to the launch of the Nintendo Switch OLED, existing Switch models continue to sell, despite losing a streak.
For the month of September, PlayStation 5 was the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars. According to Matt Piscatella of NPD, the PS5 was able to end the Nintendo Switch’s 33 consecutive month streak of being North America’s leading platform in hardware unit sales. The last time a platform other than Switch led the market in unit sales was the PS4 in November 2018. Despite this loss of a streak, Nintendo Switch is still the best-selling hardware platform of 2021 year-to-date in units. It is also reported that video game hardware dollar sales for the month increased 49% when compared to last September, to $412 million.
For software, Madden NFL 22 took the #1 spot of the Top 20 of the month. In terms of Nintendo-published software, the new Nintendo game of the month, WarioWare: Get it Together! is at #15. This placement marks the highest launch month sales for any WarioWare game since WarioWare: Smooth Moves in January 2007. The Top 20 for Nintendo is as follows: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at #11, WarioWare: Get it Together! at #15, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at #17, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons at #18.
Third-party Switch software includes FIFA 22 at #2, NBA 2K22 at #3, Diablo II: Resurrected at #5, Diablo Prime Evil Collection at #12, Sonic Colors: Ultimate at #13, Minecraft at #14, and Mortal Kombat XI at #20.
Finally we have the Top 10 best-sellers for Switch:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- WarioWare: Get it Together!
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Diablo II: Resurrected
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Pokemon Sword/Shield
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
- Sonic Colors Ultimate
Dave’s first Nintendo platform was the GameCube when he was age 7; however, he was introduced to Nintendo through Duck Hunt on NES.