Nintendo Switch Reached 4.2 Million Units in the Month of March 2020

The Nintendo Switch continues to sell extremely well. During Nintendo’s last financial briefing, the company confirmed they have sold (technically shipped) 55.77 million lifetime units. In FY 2019, they shipped 21.03 million consoles. The console has not even been out for three years and has already done these numbers. It’s insane!

In March, western countries and even other countries in Asia were really getting impacted by COVID-19. Numerous countries, states, provinces, and territories shut non-essential operations down. This made it harder for gamers to get a hold of a physical version of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as the Animal Crossing + Nintendo Switch bundle.

Despite the hardship, the game performed really well. The game has already reached 11.77 million copies in the month of March. As for the Switch itself, it ended up reaching sale numbers at 4.2 million during the same month. Additionally, the Switch so far is reported to have reached 20.61 million units in North America, 14.23 million in Europe, 13.4 million in Japan, and 6.95 million for other countries and territories. That means the Switch has already shipped 55.19 million units globally as of May. March was still a great month for Nintendo in term of software and hardware shipments.


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The Last of Us Part II is Still Launching June 19

Sony Interactive Entertainment are still planning on releasing The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4 on June 19. Naughty Dog has been hard at work on the game. SIE also held a video presentation this week to show more of the game.

During the State of Play, approximately 25 minutes of information surround the The Last of Us Part II. There was a new cutscene shown off, a playable demo, as well as new details on gameplay.

The game takes place after The Last of Us. Much of the game will take place in Seattle, Washington. Ellie is now 19 years old and Joel appears to be much older in this game. The main character Ellie seem very angry and wants revenge in the game. She once even stated that she wants to “kill every last one of them.” It is currently unknown what she is referring to, so the fans will have to hold off a little longer until the game launches in the coming weeks.

With gameplay, there will be new mechanics. Ellie will be able to hide more in this game but if an enemy gets to close, they may still be able to spot her. When fighting, players can run away, go through openings in walls, and crawl to elude the enemies. Fans will also be able to play through all four season of the year.

For more on The Last of Us Part II, check out the Official PlayStation Blog.



Best Selling Software and Hardware for the Month of April 2020 | NPD Group (US)

Mat Piscatella is a market researcher at the NPD Group. He tracks sales records for video game hardware and software. This will cover the best selling video game console and the top selling titles for the United States.

April 2020 sales report came out late this month. It shows that the Nintendo Switch was again the best selling platform in the US. Additionally, dollar sales have reached 160%, which is more than April of last year, 2019.

Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons released back in March for the Nintendo Switch and was the best selling game on the console. This is followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Just Dance 2020 from Ubisoft. Furthermore in their respected order, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from Sora and BANDAI Namco, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword, Square Enix/s Trials of Mana, and last up, Super Mario Party had all made it on the top 10 selling Switch titles.

Xbox ONE

Next up is Microsoft’s Xbox ONE; the 2019 remake of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered, and Take-Two Interactive’s and Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V made the top 3. Numerous other games also made the list. This includes titles such as Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K20, Capcom’s Resident Evil 3, Madden NFL 20 from EA Sports, Red Dead Redemption II, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order, and FIFA 20.

PlayStation 4

The last top 10 will cover best selling games on the Sony PlayStation 4. The first three include Final Fantasy VII: Remake from Square Enix, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Take-Two’s NBA 2K20. These games are followed by Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar Games and Take-Two again, SIE Worldwide Studio’s MLB: The Show 20, Capcom’s Resident Evil 3, Predator: Hunting Grounds; EA’s Madden NFL 20, Atlus’ and SEGA’s Persona 5: Royal, and finally from Microsoft, Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition.

For more, give the NPD Group’s official website a visit to get a better look at the data.



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Paper Mario: The Origami King is Coming to the Nintendo Switch

Earlier today, Nintendo released a trailer for a brand new Mario game set in the Paper Mario series. The game is called Paper Mario: The Origami King and it is the first game in the series to release on the Switch. The game is due out on July 17.

Nintendo Held their Investors Meeting for the End of FY 2019 Q4

Nintendo held an investors meeting recently and talked about sales of first and second-party games for the Switch, as well as the console itself. This post will focus on sales of first and second-party titles on the platform. This meeting was delayed due to COVID-19; it was meant to be back in April to discuss how the company has done for the end of March, Q4 of 2019.

Nintendo had amazing 2019 and first few months of 2020, despite the early days of COVID-19 making an impact around the globe. The Switch now sits at 55.77 million SKUs. That is up roughly 74.7% from 41.67 million on October 31 last year.

For software, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best selling game on Nintendo Switch. The game has now reached 24.77 million units. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also a game that performed really well. It has not even been out as long as MK8D, yet it still managed to ship 18.84 million. Another game that sold extremely well was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it was a launch title. It shipped 17.41 million SKUs. For the complete lists, head on over to Nintendo’s PR site.




This is Probably Why There Are Friend Codes on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has been using friend codes ever since the Wii launched in 2006. This was carried over to the Nintendo 3DS which released in 2011. Then when 2012 saw the release of the Wii U and this time, Nintendo did not use friend codes. However, on March 3, 2017 when Nintendo Switch came out, they went back to using friend codes. It turns out, there was a reason for doing so.

A leaked PowerPoint presentation was leaked for the Wii. In it contained a slide discussing friend codes. It seems that nintendo wanted players to have a better experience when playing with family or friends. Rather than guessing someone’s name and sending a friend request from a stranger, friend codes make those random friends requests less likely as that person would need to guess the randomly given 12 digit code. It’s probable that Nintendo wanted to have this return for the Switch.

What do you think? Do you dislike using friend codes? Let us all know!



Nintendo eShop is Shutting Down in Latin America and the Caribbean for Wii U and the 3DS

Nintendo will be shutting down the eShop for regions that only get a limited version of the storefront already. Countries like the Bahamas, Chile, Haiti, and the US territory of the Virgin Islands, as well as many other regions will see shutdowns.

However, if Mexican or Brazilians are reading this, have no further fret. Mexico and Brazil have full versions of the eShop so they will be unaffected. This is mainly for regions that get limited eShops for redeeming download keys.

Users affected by this will have until the end of July to redeem any unused keys for games on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and 3DS. They will also be unable to re-download any previous redeemed games. After 31 July, unused keys will no longer work. The eShop for the Switch will not be affected by this. This is only for the Wii U and 3DS.


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