2018 was easily one of the greatest years in recent gaming history. From groundbreaking new titles to fantastic hardware, 2019 has some big shoes to fill. At the forefront of 2019 so far is the fantastic hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, which outsold both the PS4 and Xbox One in January in the US.
Out of the three consoles, the Switch is the only one that seems to have been able to keep this forward movement going according to the latest report from the NPD Group. Granted, the Switch is also a younger console when compared to the PS4 and Xbox One, by about 4 years. That being said, it says something when Nintendo’s console outperforms the other two by units sold and overall revenue generated in a month that saw the release of both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Resident Evil 2.
According to an analyst over at NPD, an industry tracking firm, “the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of January 2019. Both in dollar and unit sales. Switch was the only console platform to show year-on-year sales growth.”
All of this being said, the Switch still saw a decrease in sales by about 28% for the month of January when compared to the same time last year. This isn’t anything alarming though as it is the natural up and down movement within the hardware industry.
Accessory sales also saw a dip when compared to January 2018. Granted this is a comparison drawn from a time when Fortnite was still seeing a solid increase in player base. That title, among others, pushed consumers into stores to exchange money for new headsets, gamepads and the like. This was only a 12% decrease though, which isn’t awful in the grand scheme of things.
Nintendo certainly cornered the market in gamepad sales this past month though, most likely due to the fantastic new Smash Bros. installment. The Switch Pro Controller was January’s best-selling accessory, boasting an astounding 40% increase when compared to last year.
Granted, with Apex Legends success it is possible these numbers could swing the other way for February. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.