IDC research director Lewis Ward has told Games Industry that the Nintendo Switch is absolutely dominating hardware in North America at this current time. He says that Nintendo is back with a vengeance with their latest console and it’s hard to disagree.
While we’re all still waiting on official data to come in from The NPD Group, analysts we chatted with stressed that Nintendo is definitely the story here, as it has been for much of 2017. In fact, according to IDC, Nintendo is almost single-handedly driving the hardware market with its Switch bundle sales.
“What I can say is that we shouldn’t lose the forest for the trees: The biggest story in the console space in 2017 is that Nintendo’s back with a vengeance. My research does imply that PS4 will nevertheless outsell Xbox One overall in North America in 4Q17 and for 2017 as a whole. I’m also expecting 4Q17 hardware bundle shipments to be up about 25% compared to 4Q16 in North America, and as I said, the big spike here is due to Nintendo’s rebound.”