2017 was without a doubt the year of the Nintendo Switch. Today, Nintendo announced Switch is officially the fast-selling console of all time in the United States. As of December 12, the system has shipped 10 million units worldwide. Over 4.8 million have been sold in the U.S. The previous console to hold this distinction was the Nintendo Wii.
“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO in today’s press release. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”
The press release also broke down some interesting percentages. 60 percent of Switch users own Super Mario Odyssey while 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. More than 50 percent of users own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 20 percent have Splatoon 2. Nintendo also boasted about the large number of third-party titles on Switch. These include: Fifa 18, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, Sonic Mania, Ultra Street Fighter II, Doom, Skyrim, and many more.
Today’s announcement even teased what Switch fans can expect in 2018. Games like Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and a new Yoshi title are expected to release this year. Publishers such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, SEGA, Take 2 and Bethesda, and a number of independent studios will continue supporting Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid in 2018.
2018 will truly test the Nintendo Switch’s longevity. 2017 was certainly an exceptional year for Switch, but can Nintendo sustain that momentum this year? Given how we’re less than a week into the year, it’s hard to discuss what Nintendo will or won’t do in 2018. Hopefully, one of the upcoming Nintendo Direct broadcasts will give us a clue of what to expect.