New consoles, great first-party selection and strong sales make 2019 the Year of Nintendo.
Break out the sunscreen because June was another hot month for Nintendo according to the most recent report from NPD Group. Super Mario Maker 2 topped the June sales charts while the Switch was the best-selling console of the month.
The good news for Nintendo fans doesn’t stop there, though, as the Switch is also the best-selling console of the year so far. While console sales across all platforms are down in 2019 year-to-date, it isn’t the fault of the Switch, which is the only device to actually show growth this year. Some analysts believe Nintendo will likely lead sales throughout the rest of the year, too:
Nintendo Switch outsold the aging Xbox One and PlayStation 4 once again in dollar and unit sales. Same for 2019 YTD. Seems guaranteed to keep doing so through the end of the year. https://t.co/P2itrXmeEi
— Grubb (@JeffGrubb) July 18, 2019
June is traditionally a slower month for game releases due to the focus on E3 2019, so it’s impressive to see Nintendo continued to show growth last month.
Nintendo will likely lead sales throughout the rest of the year.
After Sony PlayStation dominated the console market for much of this generation, it’s an interesting shift to see Nintendo lead this year’s console sales. Part of this is due to the usual end-of-gen hardware sales decline, but it’s hard not to be optimistic about Nintendo’s future beyond 2019 with sales this strong.