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Nintendo Switch is the Fastest-Selling Console of All Time

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It’s no surprise by now that Nintendo had a stellar year in 2017, thanks to the hugely successful Nintendo Switch. This week Nintendo proudly shared an impressive stat: the Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling home video game system in the United States. The Switch has sold more than 4.8 million units in its first 10 months of release, according to Nintendo’s internal sales numbers. The previous record holder was Nintendo’s own Wii, which sold 4 million units in the same time frame.

“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”

The Switch has been bolstered by an incredibly strong lineup of first party games. Not every year gives us mainline Mario and Zelda games. Both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey were strong contenders for Game of the Year. Nintendo revealed that 60% of Switch owners purchased Super Mario Odyssey, while 55% own Breath of the Wild. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also surpassed 50% ownership rate.

The other big success story is the amount of third party support that has flocked to the Switch. Nintendo received a lot of justifiable flak for the lack of third party games over the last decade with the Wii and Wii U. Big developers like Bethesda, Capcom, and Ubisoft have flocked to the new console with AAA games like Skyrim, Street Fighter, and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Indie companies are also developing for the Switch, porting favorites like Stardew Valley, SteamWorld Dig 2, and Overcooked.

As noted in our Most Anticipated Games list, there’s a host of games to be excited about for the Switch in 2018, including new Yoshi, new Kirby, and Bayonetta 3. And down the road there’s Metroid Prime 4 and that mysterious Switch-focused Pokémon game. Right now it’s good to be Nintendo, and even better to be a Nintendo fan.

 

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Steam Reveals Top 100 Best-Selling PC Games of 2016

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Directly following their large annual winter sale Valve has presented their top 100 highest grossing games of the year on Steam. The best-sellers are broken up into multiple tiers, from platinum to gold. Best-sellers include a list of the biggest releases of the year, such as XCOM 2, Civilization VI, and The Division, as well as older main-stays like Counter-Strike and Grand Theft Auto V.

The following 12 games make up the “Platinum” category, representing the highest grossing games of the year on Steam (presented here alphabetically).

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dark Souls III
  • DOTA 2
  • Fallout 4
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Rocket League
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • XCOM 2

Interesting to see No Man’s Sky up there, with its widespread criticisms and reports of mass refunds. Despite its incredibly rocky launch and controversy over content, the game sold remarkably well. Also funny to see both Dishonored and its new sequel in the Bronze category. A lot of folks waited until now to jump into the series.

DOTA 2, valve’s in-house MOBA, remains very popular as well. It’s also free to play, meaning enough people bought in-game loot to make DOTA 2 one of the highest grossing games of the year.

Valve doesn’t publish or make public any actual sales numbers. These best-seller lists are the best indicator we have of PC gaming on the world’s largest digital service.

The Steam Awards also wrapped up at the end of the winter sale. Users voted each day in a number of multiple choice categories. Here are the winners:

  • Villain Most In Need of a Hug: Portal 2
  • I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Test of Time: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Just 5 More Minutes: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • “Whoooaaaaaa, dude!”: Grand Theft Auto V
  • Game Within A Game: Grand Theft Auto V
  • I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye: The Walking Dead
  • Best Use of a Farm Animal: Goat Simulator
  • Boom Boom: DOOM
  • Love/Hate Relationship: Dark Souls III
  • Sit Back and Relax: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Better With Friends: Left 4 Dead 2