Nintendo Switch sales soar
In just 10 months since it was launched, sales of the Nintendo Switch have outsold the Wii U.
Total Switch sales have reached 14.86 million, more than the total of 13.56 million Wii U units sold between 2012 and 2017, when it was discontinued.
Tech gaming experts speculate that ultra-high definition gaming such as the new Xbox and PlayStation versions have had little effect on Switch sales and argue that it is because Nintendo has concentrated on really entertaining new versions of much-loved games.
Others argue that, although hardly an impulse buy, Nintendo priced the Switch cleverly to be more affordable than the Xbox and PlayStations, as well as managing supply to stimulate appetite without building potential buyers’ frustration with long waiting times.
In addition, the Switch is a hybrid of a handheld and home console and it is easy to switch use between the two options so that it has little competition.
But could it also be down to nostalgia?
Two Switch games, Super Mario Odyssey and Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, have been widely praised and both have won awards.
Certainly, nostalgia plays a part, but according to the website polygon.com a big selling point for the Switch is that it is something that parents feel safe in buying for their children: “Nintendo doesn’t just make games that are universally enjoyable, but it also builds in easier modes so that kids and parents can play together and have fun”.
New games planned for 2018
Here’s a selection of more than a dozen already announced: Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition – due in spring 2018, The World Ends With You – Final Remix – no date yet, Dark Souls Remastered – due in May 2018, and later in the year a new Yoshi game, which is still a work in progress.
Super Mario and Switch update
It’s official! Nintendo has announced that Super Mario is not as we have all believed a plumber!
As revealed in the Independent recently the cuddly Italian’s profile has been updated and he is now “all-round sporty”.
For those of you hooked on the loveable retro-game character, who have now embraced the Nintendo Switch, there is still a while to wait for the latest adventure Super Mario Odyssey featuring the loveable former plumber and his new friend Cappy.
It’s not due for release until October 27 when Mario gets some new moves that will include being able to throw Cappy.
According to a review, again in the Independent, it is not as awful as people might fear.
The storyline sees the Mushroom Kingdom overrun as a result of a freak scientific experiment, which has merged two worlds together. The Kingdom has been taken over by the evil Rabbids and only Mario, together with two partners, can rescue it.
It is basically a combat game, where players travel through stages to defeat Rabbids armed with everything from guns to huge concrete slabs.
But it takes co-operative strategies and planning to combat the different enemy battle styles so it is clearly a multi-player game if you fancy a session with friends.
According to the review there’s also a good deal of humour for when the pace slackens.