Posted by: seanmalstrom | January 25, 2019

December NPD 2018 is big for Switch, but not bigger than 2009 for Wii

Money quote: “Nintendo Switch generated the highest December-month hardware dollar sales for a single platform since the Nintendo Wii in December 2009,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “And it achieved the highest December unit sales for a single platform since December 2010.”

I cannot find a list of UNITS for December 2018 for Switches sold. However, we DO know the uniters for December 2009 sold for Wii… around FOUR MILLION.

“Where were you nine years ago, Malstrom? Huh? HUH?”

I was right here on this blog. I blogged the 2009 numbers  when it happened. As I said then as I said now, it was a magical moment. Because Nintendo sold so many? No. It was because Miyamoto was wrong. Miyamoto stopped making 2d Mario because he didn’t want to make them anymore. Nintendo probably thought no one wanted to buy a new 2d Mario. After NSMB DS blew up the DS hardware and software, a NSMB Wii was made with Miyamoto spearheading the four player simultaneous multiplayer.

NSMB Wii sold like hotcakes. Reggie Fils-Aime was already declaring that Wii had hit over the hump for its lifecycle and would only decline from here on out. Yet, on December 2009 for NPD, Wii made a record that has never been broken. Not even by Switch in 2018 DESPITE a *much* better economy and a larger population than in 2009.

Guys, do you have any idea how ‘magical’ that December 2009 was? Miyamoto and old guards at Nintendo were DEAD WRONG about 2d Mario. The numbers were there. The entire game industry and the ‘critics’ thinking all 2d games were irrelevant had egg on their face. No, the only 2d game they liked was Little Big Planet (and where is that franchise now?) because Sony published it.

Smash Brothers Ultimate is, from what I hear from Smash fans, a very worthy game to the series. But you know what else? Smash Brothers Ultimate is a 2d game. While people celebrate the big Switch sales numbers, let us remember that it came from a 2d game. Ever since the mid-90s, we were told to ‘shut up’ and ‘take it’ because ‘2d is dead, everything must be 3d’.

To all you Industry Men out there, to all you game developers out there telling me, a consumer, to ‘shut up’ and not ask for ‘archaic gaming like 2d gaming’…. you have been weighed. You have been measured. And you have been found… wanting.

Hey Nintendo, how about making some more high profile 2d games?

Before I forget, you know another Switch 2d game that sold extremely well (blowing past all expectations)? Octopath Traveler. You fuck-tards at the Industry, all you ‘experts’, all you ‘gaming critics’ on youtube and on the Gaming Message Forums, told us that we did not understand the RPG. You told us no one wanted a game like that, a game that hearken back to RPG 16 bit roots. You guys were wrong then too. In fact, you guys are wrong all the time. You should do your analysis the opposite of what you normally would do and your probability would go up… just like Opposite George.




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