North American video game retailer GameStop has stated that it saw a boost in Nintendo Switch sales during the course of the week after Nintendo’s E3 2018 presentations. Despite some fans criticising the lack of surprises during the event, it seems that the power of the Smash Bros and Pokemon franchises shouldn’t be underestimated.
The retailer also said that they’ve seen a lot of demand for the Poke Ball Plus which is the big new accessory for the Nintendo Switch to go alongside Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee. It will certainly be interesting to see how Nintendo does in the all-important Christmas shopping period.
“Nintendo, in particular, has benefitted from E3 2018 when it comes to grabbing the attention of GameStop customers, as Bright informs us that Switch sales doubled over the course of the week in the wake of the Smash Bros deep dive, plus ongoing enthusiasm for Pokémon.”
“Nothing beats Nintendo’s overall announcements,” he says. “Super Smash Bros is jumping right up to the top of the [pre-order] list. We’re also seeing great reaction from Pokémon Let’s Go, both SKUs, and then of course people are trying to get their hands on the Pokéball [controller] as well.”
He continues: “Nintendo fans are definitely reacting.”