It is not shocking that the Nintendo Swap noticed notable development in 2019, given it is the latest console available on the market. However whereas consoles are one factor, the Nintendo hybrid has seen exponential development within the variety of video games coming to the platform.
Mat Piscatella, an analyst with the NPD Group, shared some new figures on Twitter yesterday: the Nintendo Swap received over 1480 new releases in the US in 2019 alone. As Piscatella notes, that is considerably greater than the variety of new PlayStation four and Xbox One video games mixed.
We tracked over 1,480 new releases on Nintendo Swap within the U.S. in 2019. That is… that is a variety of new releases on Swap final yr, over 400 greater than the PS4 and Xbox One mixed.
– Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) January 9, 2020
USgamer’s personal Mike Williams requested him how shut general greenback gross sales quantity matches that development, and Piscatella said that whereas “it is not excellent by any means,” launch depend and general software program gross sales for a platform are directionally correlated, “to a level.”
To get a way for the way large this stat is for Nintendo, you may merely look again on the Wii, a massively successful console for Nintendo. Even in its first three years, the Swap is dwarfing the Nintendo Wii in new releases.
Extra on Swap New Launch counts… 2019 was such a exceptional yr for a lot of causes, certainly one of them being simply what number of video games got here to Swap. This is a comparability of the first three calendar years of Swap to the first three calendar years of Wii. Examine a pic.twitter.com/AIPcivylRv
– Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) January 10, 2020
As Piscatella notes, discoverability can change into a problem with this quantity of video games. Valve has been introducing new tools simply to assist Steam customers sift by way of the huge variety of releases on its storefront.
The Swap hasn’t reached Steam numbers but, however its discoverability instruments nonetheless go away a lot to be desired. I used to be shopping the eShop final night time to take a look at the newest sale, and it took actual digging to seek out video games I may be all for. Sorting solely by finest sellers or “nice offers” leads to a mixture of video games that usually prioritize the greenback video games, and style tags require a little bit of digging.
If that is the amount the Nintendo Swap might be working at for the months and years to return, hopefully the web portion can begin to address these issues. The Swap has been a massive seller already for Nintendo, but it surely dangers inviting a couple of new issues into the fold with what number of video games are coming to the platform.