It looks like Nintendo beat Xbox and PlayStation in October, and not by just a little bit. More than half the consoles that were sold during the month of October were Nintendo devices, and the Nintendo Switch and SNES Classic took the top two spots, according to fresh data.
Nintendo beat Xbox and PlayStation… smashed them, actually
In a press release, Nintendo revealed that data from NPD Group found that October was the second month in a row in which Nintendo beat Xbox, PlayStation and other gaming consoles. Between the Nintendo Switch, the SNES Classic and the older 3DS, Nintendo gaming devices made up two-thirds of all video game hardware sold in the U.S. in September and October.
Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch as the top-selling game in October, according to NPD data, although it didn’t launch until Oct. 27. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch nabbed tenth place on the list, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, also for the Switch, was in eleventh place.
Skyrim goes to Nintendo Switch
Nintendo is about to get another tool in its fight to beat back the dominance of Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation. Skyrim is going to the Nintendo Switch, and even those who’ve played it before on other platforms might decide to try it out. Reviewers generally point out that the graphics just aren’t and can’t be as good as they are on other platforms, but Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch is portable so it can be played on the go rather than being tethered to a TV or desktop.
The game also uses some of the motion controls available on the Switch, and according to Polygon, the motion controls are “completely optional but also goofy fun.” Players can swing their sword using their hand and use the Joy-Con to aim arrows in pointer-like fashion. Moving a hand above your waist will make your character shift into defense position when carrying a sword or bring the shield up into position.
So will Nintendo beat Xbox and the PlayStation in the two big holiday shopping months? The Nintendo Switch is up against some tough competition in the Xbox One X, but clearly, it has shown that it has what it takes to stand up to the two dominant players.