If you received a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS this holiday season (or your already have one), you’ll want to head over to the Nintendo eShop for the New Year’s Digital Sale. From now until Jan. 10 you’ll find Switch and 3DS games up to 50% off. Hopefully you saved those Nintendo eShop gift cards!
Highlights include Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (25% off), Octopath Traveler (30% off), and Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version (50% off).
Here are the biggest deals:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe $41.99 (30% off)
ARMS $41.99 (30% off)
Splatoon 2 $41.99 (30% off)
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition $41.99 (30% off)
Octopath Traveler $41.99 (30% off)
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $44.99 (25% off)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version $29.99 (50% off)
Wizard of Legend $12,79 (20% off)
Mega Man Legacy Collection $11.24 (25 % off)
LEGO DC Super-Villains $29.99 (50% off)
Golf Story $9.89 (34% off)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition $26.39 (67% off)
LEGO Harry Potter Collection $24.99 (50% off)
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon $27.99 (30% off)
Pokémon Battle Trozei $5.59 (30% off)
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido $27.99 (30% off)
Fantasy Life $27.99 (30% off)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe $13.99 (30% off)
Super Mario 3D Land $13.99 (30% off)
Yoshi’s New Island $13.99 (30% off)
Mario Party: The Top 100 $27.99 (30% off)
Final Fantasy Explorers $19.99 (50% off)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy $11.99 (60% off)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call $19.99 (50% off)
Culdcept Revolt $20.99 (30% off)
The New Year sale overlaps with a 25% off sale on Nickelodeon Kart Racers, which ends Jan. 9. The New Year Digital Sale ends Jan 10 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.
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.
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