According to a recent article on wccftech.com, sales of the Nintendo Switch have been booming, and they aren’t showing any signs of letting up. The console hasn’t yet celebrated it’s one-month anniversary, and already it’s sold millions of units worldwide. Of the phenomenon that the Switch has become, Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, stated:
The reaction has been fantastic. Consumers want it, I’ve been with industry peers, they’re excited with what we’re doing and hoping to drive the industry. I’ve seen the games, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, right now the fourth highest-rated game in the history of video games.
With the sales numbers that the console has been posting, it seems to be on the verge of outshining the Wii, the Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo 3DS.
And that’s pretty incredible.
Also, it’s no revelation. Because if there’s one thing that Nintendo does well, it’s surprise everyone when they least expect it. As I recall, the news of the Switch was quite middling between its announcement in October 2016 and it’s 2017 release. All sorts of questions loomed ranging from CPU power to battery life to “what if I lose one of the Joy-cons?” Until late last month, no one in my local gaming circle was interested in the Switch. We had been burned by the Wii U, saw the Switch as pure gimmick, loathed the notion of finding space (and TV hook-ups) for yet another console, and were disappointed in the Switch’s launch offerings. (Though everyone was onboard with the idea of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild but remained unsure about it practically.) Come the third of March though, and people caved. What swayed most was watching actual Breath of the Wild gameplay on an actual Switch. Despite the fact that the game is also on the Wii U, the Switch somehow looked too good to turn down.
This is what I’m seeing now across the Internet. Jaded disbelievers turned once again into rabid Nintendo fans. And it’s not only Link’s new adventures that are capturing everyone’s attention. There seem to be a few other honestly decent games (Snipperclips comes to mind) for the system that fans are enjoying. Plus, there’s loads of promise. Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Ultra Street Fighter II, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (not anytime soon, but still!), not to mention announcement ports such as LEGO City Undercover and Skyrim. Oh yes, if Nintendo plays its cards right, the Switch could indeed become reckoning force in the industry. Now wouldn’t that be cool?
If you made the switch to the Switch, what are your thoughts on the console? Is it perfect as is, or is there room for improvement? And for what future Switch games are you most hopeful?