Nintendo Switch gives major boost to US game sales in April

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A product display featuring the Nintendo Switch. (Facebook/NintendoSwitch)

Nintendo’s flagship console continues to be in full throttle as sales continue to rise. This trend gave the U.S. gaming industry a huge lift for the month of April.

According to a report by NPD Group for April 2017, as noted by Games Industry, the Nintendo Switch exceeded 280,000 units sold for the said month. It was also the main catalyst for the industry’s growth. Overall industry sales rose by 10 percent with $636 million in total.

Numbers from the NPD Group show hardware sales jumped 37 percent to $195 million. Video game software, on the other hand, increased by six percent. It rose to $304 million for both physical and digital games, combined. On the flipside, PC games software went down by 57 percent to $11 million.

“The industry drove the highest April hardware dollar sales since April 2011,” shared NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. “Nintendo owned the top 2 platforms in unit sales for the month, with the Nintendo Switch at #1, followed by NES Classic,” he added.

The Switch’s continuous surge in terms of sales made it the number one gaming console for the month of April. It was also the top system the previous month when it officially debuted. Moreover, Gamespot reported that the Switch could have performed even better if not for the supply issues it faced.

Furthermore, NPD also reported that the company’s 3DS systems mustered a combined 68,000 sold units in the month of April. With the Switch’s and the 3DS’ sales combined, they comprise close to half of the total hardware sales generated for the month across all platforms.

Nintendo’s “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” also emerged as April’s top-selling game with more than 460,000 physical copies sold. Combined with its digital sales, the game sold over 550,000 units.

Piscatella also noted that with the way the Switch has been dominating the gaming scene, it will not come as a surprise if more publishers ride its momentum and publish some of their titles for the console.