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Nintendo Switch sales in March more than doubled from last year, reports NPD

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The Nintendo Swap offered greater than double the variety of consoles in March 2020 within the US than in March 2019, in response to information from The NPD Group, displaying that the Swap continues to be successful greater than three years after its 2017 launch (via VentureBeat). PlayStation four and Xbox One gross sales within the US have been up as effectively, rising 25 p.c 12 months over 12 months, stories NPD.

The elevated gross sales of all the consoles present that individuals are turning to video video games for leisure whereas they’re caught at residence because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However March additionally featured the launch Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was probably a big contributor to the elevated variety of Swap gross sales.

Animal Crossing was the top-selling game in March, and it’s the second best-selling game of the year to this point, in response to NPD. Nonetheless, NPD hasn’t revealed particular gross sales numbers, so it’s unclear precisely what number of copies of the sport Nintendo offered within the US final month or how its gross sales evaluate to different titles.

We have already got a way of Animal Crossing’s large recognition in Japan, although: the sport offered greater than 1.eight million bodily copies in its first three days on sale, and the Swap has now offered extra consoles than the Wii in Japan, in response to gross sales info from Famitsu.

Animal Crossing may be a long-term hit for Nintendo, as the corporate will probably help the sport for some time. Earlier immediately, Nintendo introduced a brand new replace for the sport and detailed a schedule of upcoming seasonal occasions that may happen by June.

The launch of the Animal Crossing-themed Swap console and availability of the cheaper Swap Lite, which prices $100 lower than the full-fledged Swap, might have additionally contributed to the Swap’s elevated {hardware} gross sales within the US.

Nintendo’s subsequent earnings launch is scheduled for May 7th, and it appears probably that the corporate might share extra details about gross sales of the Swap and Animal Crossing then.

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