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Nintendo Switch outsells PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in February

Published: 15:04, 20 March 2019
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Out of the current crop of consoles, Switch is the youngest one of course, and Nintendo's little guy has finally started to reap the benefits of its age by beating US sales of Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One in February 2019.

According to NPD Group's research, Nintendo Switch has been the "best-selling hardware platform" in the US in February 2019. The result follows a similar January performance, making Switch the best selling console in 2019 overall.

That's not the end of good news for Nintendo, as the Switch is finally racking up the sort of numbers that the company were hoping for ever since the Wii ended its record-breaking run. 

In fact, February 2019 has seen Nintendo generate the highest hardware dollar sales since February 2011. This is the year when the Wii was still their flagship console, seeing as how the Wii U didn't launch until November 2012.

At the time, Nintendo relied on sales of Wii consoles and DS handhelds, which managed to move a combined 900 thousand consoles - a pretty admirable feat for 6 and 7-year-old devices, respectively.

It's well worth noting, however, that Switch's pricing is higher than either of the two at the time, so its dollar sales record isn't as impressive. We're sure Nintendo won't mind though, as the situation elsewhere wasn't as rosy.

It turns out that hardware spending in February 2019 dipped to $277 million, which is as much as 12 per cent lower than in the same month the year before.

This could easily be attributed to the ageing Sony and Microsoft consoles, both of which are nearing the end of their cycles, and besides - most eyes seem to be at the next generation of hardware from the two.

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As far as games go, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate remains to be Nintendo's headliner, as it remains the best selling Switch game so far.

On a somewhat related note, president of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime has recently confirmed he'll be in April, when he will be succeeded by Doug Bowser.

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