Nintendo regains the crown of console sales thanks in part to the Switch OLED

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What just happened? Sony’s PlayStation 5 recently became the first console to out-sell Nintendo’s Switch handheld, recording an impressive 33-month streak as a leader in hardware sales. The victory was short-lived, however, as Nintendo managed to regain the crown in October thanks in part to the launch of the new OLED Switch.

Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group She said Switch was the best-selling hardware platform for the month of October, both in terms of units sold and dollars generated. Since the start of the year, PlayStation 5 remains the revenue leader, with holding Switch as the leader of the annual unit.

Nintendo said it sold 711,000 Switch consoles in the US in October, 314,000 of which were the new OLED model. “We see this as a great start to the Nintendo Switch OLED model and a very strong indicator of the performance we can expect this holiday season,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. The Verge.

October was a solid month for hardware manufacturers as a whole. According to Piscatella, dollar sales of video game hardware have increased 82 percent compared to October 2020, for a total of $ 472 million. Since the beginning of the year, hardware spending has increased by 53% compared to the same period last year.

It’s been exactly a year since Sony and Microsoft launched their next generation consoles, but thanks to ongoing component shortages, inventory issues and the dreaded scalper problem, it doesn’t seem certain that year one is already in the books. .

On the software side, Far Cry 6 was the best game of October followed by Back 4 Blood and Terror metroid. Nintendo’s new Metroid game was also the number one game on the Switch for October and achieved the highest sales of any Metroid game in its history.

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