We’re near the halfway mark of the first month of the new year, but we’re still talking about 2017. Why? Because we’re still getting news from the old year in the new year, and it’s worth talking about. For example, we’re still getting sales numbers in regards to consoles and video games and how they did last year, and that’s big news. In December, which is always a battle because of Christmas, it was important to see who would come out on top at the end of the year, would it be the Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch?
So who did? Well, Aaron Greenberg of Microsoft popped onto Twitter and answered that question. He revealed that the Xbox One did better than the PS4, but that the Nintendo Switch won the month.
Was trying to just thank folks for supporting us and the incredible success following the launch of Xbox One X. But yes Xbox outsold PS4 in December for Gen 8 consoles according to NPD data, while Nintendo also had a great month as Switch had most overall units.
— Aaron Greenberg 🍗🔥🍳🙅♂️ (@aarongreenberg) January 12, 2018
This isn’t exactly surprising, the Nintendo Switch dominated much of 2017 since its release last March. And, in fact, the only times it didn’t win the sales battle for the month was when there were severe shortages of the Switch on shelves. Nintendo promised to have this remedied (for the most part) by the time the holiday season came around and they clearly succeeded. Black Friday and Cyber Monday were both “won” by the Switch, and it seems that extended to the Christmas season as well.
The real question for Nintendo fans is whether the sales boom will continue for 2018. The Nintendo Direct Mini that was held yesterday did give a small insight into what’s coming, but whether that results in sales remains to be seen.