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NPD Analyst: Switch Hardware Sales Currently Leading the US Market in 2019

NPD Analyst: Switch Hardware Sales Currently Leading the US Market in 2019 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2019 / 3,992 Views

Video game industry analyst at NPD Mat Piscatella took to Twitter to announce the Nintendo Switch is currently leading the hardware sales market in the US, beating out the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. He also announced Nintendo is the top-selling publisher. 

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Jabba89 (on 18 June 2019)

Is he Nintendo PR?

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VAMatt Jabba89 (on 18 June 2019)

Sure as hell sounds like it.

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RolStoppable Jabba89 (on 18 June 2019)

No, he's merely stating what the reality is and he has lots of sales data to look at. Switch was the #1 console in 2018 and it's a foregone conclusion that it will be #1 in 2019 and 2020.

While the popular opinion is that Switch's run will come to an end once new Sony and Microsoft consoles are out, it's much more probable that Switch will remain #1 in 2021, especially if the new consoles launch at $499 or more. But even at $399, they'd have compete against a Switch that is sold for half the price with a much richer game library and the advantage of covering a market segment (portable console gaming) that the others won't touch at all.

The next year that is realistically up for grabs is 2022, but that can go to Switch as well, because it being Nintendo's only console means a lot more robust support than what previous Nintendo consoles had. Price advantage and portability will remain important factors.

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DonFerrari Jabba89 (on 18 June 2019)

I guess Rol jumped the part where he is cheering for Nintendo and that they keep dominating against more expensive consoles that need internet.

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RolStoppable Jabba89 (on 18 June 2019)

Nowhere did he speak of domination, he merely said leading. Which any reasonable person would agree with, because it's not going to change anytime soon.

That you use the word "dominating" at all shows how offended you are by someone saying something positive about Nintendo's sales. You see things that aren't even there.

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Jabba89 Jabba89 (on 18 June 2019)

Rol did you read his first tweet, it sounds just like an ad. I don't mind what his opinion is, just thought some of the content was funny.

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RolStoppable Jabba89 (on 18 June 2019)

As a sales analyst you are supposed to explain why a console sells well. It's pretty hard to explain why a console sells well without saying that it's good.

How would you explain it?

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DonFerrari Jabba89 (on 18 June 2019)

Tell ya what, if we see some kind of console arms race of $500+ boxes, multiple sub services and highest end internet required... well then I'd feel even better about Nintendo continuing to lead than I do now

This is cheerleading.

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SKMBlake (on 18 June 2019)

I've been told the Switch will fall of a cliff though

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Zenos (on 18 June 2019)

Completely deserved. It's a great piece of hardware.

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method114 (on 18 June 2019)

I love the pretty much unlikely scenario he creates to believe Nintendo will stay in the lead. $500+ boxes, very unlikely. $500 will most likely be the highest end price. Multiple sub services, what do this matter? You don't need to pay for any of them. Highest end internet required, who is even claiming or believe this will happen? This one he literally just made up to make his tweet sound more plausible.

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DonFerrari (on 18 June 2019)

That Nintendo is leading the year is a now shit sherlock since they won the months NPD. The rest is just he cheering.

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Ljink96 (on 18 June 2019)

This will probably continue well into 2020 until next gen hardware is released holiday 2020. So Nintendo will probably have around 2.5-3 years total in the spotlight, not bad.

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thismeintiel (on 18 June 2019)

Well, that's slightly misleading. You should specify it is for 2019, not overall.

As for Matt's statement, it's not unusual for an older console to still lead for a bit before the new consoles gain their footing. Of course, I doubt they'll perform as poorly out of the gate as he insinuates.

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Bofferbrauer2 thismeintiel (on 18 June 2019)

"NPD Analyst: Switch Hardware Sales Currently Leading the US Market in 2019". That's the title, it clearly says 2019 there, so don't know where you get that misleading from?

As for the next gen consoles, I'd say it depends on the price. At $500+ pricetags, I'd think the sales would start out comparatively slow, if the price is below $500, then I think combined sales of PS5/Scarlett will start similarly to the PS4/XBO launch combined total sales. And at 599 or above, look at PS3, as that's been done.

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thismeintiel thismeintiel (on 18 June 2019)

Lol, obviously that wasn't the title when it was posted. Hence my comment.

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Amnesia (on 18 June 2019)

Whoao...These people are so brillant and smart. We really need them to know the truth... I will probably touch myself later today in reading again her twitts.

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SKMBlake Amnesia (on 18 June 2019)

Don't be that French

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