Over 1480 New Games Hit Switch In 2019
According to Mat Piscatella, an analyst with the NPD group that tracks video game sales in the U.S., the Nintendo Switch saw over 1480 new game releases in 2019. That’s an insane amount of new titles in any single year and in fact over 400 more than all of the PS4 and Xbox One games combined for the twelve month period.
We tracked over 1,480 new releases on Nintendo Switch in the U.S. in 2019. That's… that's a lot of new releases on Switch last year, over 400 more than the PS4 and Xbox One combined.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) January 9, 2020
When compared to the days of the Wii, the difference is quite staggering. You can combine the first three years of the Wii and it still doesn’t equal 2019 for the Switch. Now, there are some important caveats to consider with this data. First of all, the Wii came out in November of 2006 – giving it only about 1.5 months of sales. Also digital gaming was nowhere near as prolific back then as it is today with plenty of budget games coming in at prices as low as 99 cents.
Of course just having a huge quantity of games isn’t inherently a good thing. The quality of those titles comes into play and it can be difficult for the average consumer to wade through all of the shovelware to find the good games. The way the eShop is designed doesn’t help matters, with only a select few games getting the spotlight. Still, it’s a sign that the eShop ecosystem is in good shape and Nintendo gamers have more choice than ever before when it comes to purchasing new games.
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.