The Nintendo Switch doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, despite its relatively advanced age. Nintendo's console is more than four years into its life cycle, but it's just had its best sales week on record in the UK and Europe.
Why are Nintendo Switch sales so high?
This news comes to us via gaming writer Pixelpar on Twitter. According to him, both hardware and software sales were at their highest level ever in the week starting November 22nd this year. Naturally, this combines the three different Switch models on sale: the standard model, the OLED version, and the Switch Lite, which only offers a handheld mode to players. It also includes sales of all games across both digital and physical media.
The system's impressive performance was no doubt assisted in large part by Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which topped six million sales within their first week (and we're not surprised). The release of the brand new OLED Switch model, announced back in July, can't have hurt either. This new model boasts an improved screen, kickstand, and set of speakers.
What does the future have in store for the Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo will no doubt be glad to see its console once again performing well (although it never really stopped doing so). In September, the PS5 knocked the Switch from its 33-month sales perch, outperforming Nintendo's console despite ongoing stock shortages. With three different models to choose from, it will no doubt come as a relief to Nintendo that consumers aren't feeling overwhelmed by choice and are still flocking to stores to pick up the hybrid handheld-home console.
There's plenty on the horizon for Switch owners, too. Game Freak's new open-world title Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set to release in January. There's also the rather odd-looking combination of cozy and apocalyptic in Kirby and the Forgotten Land in spring, as well as third installments in the Bayonetta and Splatoon franchises to look forward to. Rest assured that 2022 will be a good time to be into Switch gaming.
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