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Nintendo President: Switch Successor, Price Cut Not Currently Being Considered

Nintendo President: Switch Successor, Price Cut Not Currently Being Considered

This is not to say that Nintendo won't keep trying to swim into that blue ocean again for Switch.

The success of the Switch comes primarily off the back of a successful December, in which the device earned the most sales for any console since the Nintendo Wii's great performance in 2009. The Switch Pro Controller was December's best-selling accessory in terms of dollar sales.

NPD Group has released its sales data for 2018 which shows that the Nintendo Switch was the top-selling console in the United States - both in terms of revenue and units sold.

December in particular was a banner month for Nintendo's portable/TV hybrid, though.

According to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, the Switch was officially the best-selling games platform in the U.S. last December and throughout 2018. This is despite the fact that SSBU has been on store shelves for less than a month and that NPD doesn't track digital sales for Nintendo-published games. The strength of the Switch overall also boosted the sales of its major games, sending 2017 games Mario Kart 8, Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey into 2018's top 20. While hardware companies often plan for and begin designing platform successors years in advance, it's still early in the Switch's lifecycle, and it's conceivable Nintendo is still focusing exclusively on Switch as a hardware platform, perhaps looking at iterating upon it rather than succeeding it anytime soon.

Christmas might not be as important a celebration in Japan as it is elsewhere in the world, but regardless, Nintendo had a good one.

As Nintendo Life reports, new figures released by The NPD Group - a firm that tracks industry data - reveal that the Switch beat out the PS4 and XB1 to take the crown as the highest-selling console in the lucrative Christmas period. The PS4 and Xbox One also saw sales growth year over year, as did the "plug-and-play" devices sector (including the recently launched PlayStation Classic).

Consumer spending in the gaming reached $43.4 billion in the USA - an increase of 18% - including record growth in both hardware and software sales.


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