This morning, November 1, Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct live stream focused entirely on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The 40-minute video introduced new fighters, new modes and features, the plans…
It’s well known to industry insiders that the Wii U was a financial failure, selling about 13 million units over its relatively brief four year lifespan. It’s also known that the Switch has been a big success. Thanks to the latest financial report from Nintendo, we know exactly how much of a success.
Since its launch in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 22 million units. That’s nearly twice as many consoles sold over the last year and half, versus four years of the Wii U.
Much of those sales figures (~17 million) are from last year. Huge games like Super Mario Odyssey and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild helped the Switch fly off shelves. Nintendo also found success re-releasing updated versions of Wii U games, like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8, introducing these games to a wider audience.
Switch software sales have grown to 42 million units, including nine games that have sold at least a million copies.
Sales have slowed greatly for the financial year of 2018, however, with the Switch only selling around five million units. The biggest first party releases were Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and Mario Tennis Aces. Nintendo also launched the unique Nintendo Labo line of cardboard toys that work with the Switch and Joy-Con controllers.
Despite the slow start in the first half of the year, Nintendo is confident the Switch will reach 20 million units sold for the 2018 financial year (up from 17 million last year). Nintendo has saved all of its big 2018 releases for the last few months of the calendar year, notably Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Dec. 7), and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! (Nov. 16). Nintendo’s financial year runs through March 2019.
In related Nintendo earnings news, the eight year old 3DS has slowed down considerably, with sales dropping by 65% to a million units sold. By comparison, the NES and SNES Classic Editions sold far more copies, with combined sales of 3.69 units.
On the heels of releasing a licensed Paw Patrol game, UK publisher Outright Games has announced a partnership with Dreamworks and Universal Games to produce a home console game based on the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, also known as the Dreamworks Dragons universe.
Dreamworks Dragons Dawn of New Riders is coming February 2019, to coincide with the release of the third feature film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Feb. 22, 2019).
As indicated by the title, Dawn of New Riders is a spin-off adventure that features new Viking hero Scribbler and his dragon, Patch. Patch is apparently a new hybrid dragon species called a Chimeragon. Scribbler sets out to recover his memories while exploring locations in the series, such as Valka’s Mountain and Havenholme.
“The first feature film How to Train Your Dragon debuted eight years ago and has since sparked a beloved franchise that has captivated audiences around the world, inspiring additional films, television shows and more,” said Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games. “DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders gives us a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Dragons history by partnering with Universal to create an original story introducing two new, very special characters. We look forward to unveiling more details soon!”
The original story and characters should allow for far more flexibility. It should be noted that both Hiccup and Astrid (and their dragons) are featured on the box cover, and Astrid can be seen in one of the official screenshots. It’s safe to say they’ll at least make cameo appearances.
Dreamworks Dragons Dawn of New Riders is coming Feburary 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
Every seasonal holiday brings a Steam Sale, but the Steam Halloween Sale is one of the briefest. You can grab horror (and horror-adjacent) games for 20-80% off. But you’ll need to act quickly, the Steam Halloween Sale ends Thursday, November 1.
The obvious emphasis for the Steam Halloween Sale is horror games. You can find older classics like Left 4 Dead 2 (80% off), Amnesia The Dark Descent (80% off), BioShock Remasterd (75% off), and Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines (75% off).
More recent games include Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (35% off), Prey (50% off), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (34% off), Vampyr (33% off), and Friday the 13th: The Game (85% off).
The horror game theme is stretched a bit to include multiple genres with horror themes or content. Examples include rogue-like dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon (70% off), action-platformer Sundered (50% off), action-RPG Grim Dawn (70% off) and rhythm dungeon crawler Crypt of the Necrodancer (80% off).
Horror games aren’t the only ones on sale, however. Seemingly half the games on Steam are on sale right now, so hopefully you have your wishlist properly set up. Other highlights include No Man’s Sky (50% off), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (33% off), Kerbal Space Program (60% off), Dark Souls 3 (75% off), and The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: Game of the Year Edition (60% off).
As with every Steam Sale we recommend searching games via Steamdb to track sales history. For example, 33% off is the lowest Divinity: Original Sin 2 has ever been. Useful if you’ve been holding out for the right price.
The Steam Halloween Sale ends November 1.
Two of the best family-friendly cooperative games of the last generation were the two LEGO Harry Potter games. Two years ago WB Games and The LEGO Group released The LEGO…