[H]ardOCP: Nintendo President Says Switch Successor, Price Cut Not Currently Being Considered


"Ultimate" was Nintendo's biggest game of 2018 by a longshot.

That means PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or even 3DS at its peak never had a December this big. "Ultimate", the Switch exclusive which released last month, sold over 5 million copies in its first week of release alone, according to Furukawa.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella broke down how the quarter finished up.

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.

So it's all looking fine and dandy for the Nintendo Switch in the U.S., which is just as well given the US' games hardware market is worth some $5.1bn.

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Speaking to Sankei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa had a lot to say about the Switch, noting its recent successes like Super Mario Party (1.5 million copies), Pokemon Let's Go (3m cumulatively for both games) and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, by 70% for the year.

On the morning of January 23, Nintendo of Europe hosted an Indie Highlight stream on their YouTube channel, showcasing several new Nintendo Switch games from independent developers. Ultimate, which had revenue of over $200 million Dollars that month. In an interview, translation via Nintendo Everything, Furukawa explained that Nintendo is concentrating on its goal to sell 20 million Switch units by the end of the fiscal year and is "not considering a successor or a price cut at this time".

With launches of the 3 platforms aligned, the total install base of the Nintendo Switch is 22% higher than that of Sony's PS4 and 34% higher than that of Microsoft's Xbox One. "Ultimate" is only available for Nintendo's Switch.

In fact, Ultimate's debut was, NPD said, the best launch month for a console-exclusive game in "video game history".