Nintendo is off to a strong start for the holiday season. It’s fairly common for video game companies to make around half of their revenue in the final couple of months of the year, so it’s crucial to have strong offerings during this time. Nintendo’s heavy hitter this year was Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which sold over 6 million units in one week. This is great news for Nintendo Switch, and the console topped the NPD sales chart with 1.13 million sales for the month.
Nintendo Switch tops the NPD sales chart
The NPD Group tracks software and hardware sales in the US. Nintendo Switch has been atop the NPD sales chart in 35 out of the last 36 months, including a recently-snapped 33-month streak. Nintendo was back on top in November (both in unit sales and dollar amount) with 550,000 Switch consoles sold during Black Friday week alone. Here’s what Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser had to say about the achievement:
With a wide-ranging library of games and three options to choose from between Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, the Nintendo Switch family of systems offers something for everyone this holiday season. As we head into 2022 and the sixth year of Nintendo Switch, the system continues to see strong demand. We look forward to even more people adding Nintendo Switch to their households!
While Pokémon is certainly the biggest hitter, Nintendo has several other key releases that helped Switch top the NPD sales charts. Metroid Dread launched to critical acclaim and franchise-best first month sales in October. Mario Party Superstars, another October release, also appears to be off to a strong start. And, of course, the Switch OLED model is an enticing piece of new hardware that’s helping drive sales as well.