Nintendo of America just announced that within 10 months, their new console has become the fastest selling video game system of all time in the United States. The previous console to hold the record was the Nintendo Wii, which on to sell 100 million units worldwide. This is good news for Nintendo fans and even better for video gamers in 2018.
The Nintendo Switch sold almost 5 million units in the United States alone during 2017 and is poised to have a fantastic 2018. Two things set the Nintendo Switch apart, first the social aspect of the system, and second the portability of the console.
The Nintendo Switch is the most social video game console on the market and Nintendo has seized the opportunity to advertise it’s unique position in the video game space. Take a look at one of the first advertisements for the Switch from February 2017:
Almost the entire video is dedicated to people playing together. People of all ages can play Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, or even 1, 2 Switch. The console even comes with two controllers in the box, making it easy to play with friends and family. LAN parties may become a thing of the past now that people can just bring their Nintendo Switch console whereever they want to play games. The rest of the advertisement was dedicated to the portability of the machine.
If you told me I would be playing The Legend of Zelda during my travels this year I would have been happy with a sequel to The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS. Instead we all got The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the best games of all time – on the go.
Nintendo games are special in their own right, but now the Switch itself is becoming the destination to play games. Before I buy any games in 2018 I have to ask myself first, “Is it coming to the Switch?” Sure I can play Doom in 60 FPS on a high definition monitor on my Xbox, PlayStation, or gaming PC, but can I play it on the go? The Nintendo Switch offers the flexibility that video games have longed for.
Everything should come to the Switch. I’m currently loving Dark Souls III on the Xbox One, but I am playing it in 45min or an hour chunks. I would prefer to play it on the Switch. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds runs poorly on the Xbox and PC, put it on the Switch! Let me play more games on the go, in my bed, or connected to the television. I’ve always been a huge fan of Nintendo portables, from the Game Boy to the 3DS and now the Switch.
We are expecting some more announcements at the Nintendo Direct airing January 11th, maybe we will get even more third party support and perhaps Animal Crossing.