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NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella Expects Nintendo To Finish 2019 As The Year’s Top-Selling Software Publisher

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NPD analyst Mat Piscatella has given some post-E3 predictions for the rest of 2019. Piscatella says that “Nintendo backed up its current position as market leader with a targeted blast of upcoming content that will likely solidify it for at least the next 18 months, if not longer”. Piscatella called the Nintendo Switch “the most important piece of Video Game hardware in the market right now”.

As for sales, Piscatella expects the strong sales of the Switch to continue. In fact, the NPD analyst expects Pokemon Sword and Shield to “drive both significant software and hardware sales volume”, and he also predicts that Nintendo will finish the year as 2019’s best-selling software publisher. Lastly, Piscatella made a prediction of the top 10 software charts for 2019. You can see the chart prediction down below.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare^
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20^
  4. Borderlands 3^
  5. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order^
  6. Mortal Kombat 11
  7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint^
  8. Death Stranding
  9. Kingdom Hearts III
  10. Super Mario Maker 2*

^Digital not included
*PC Digital not included


3 thoughts on “NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella Expects Nintendo To Finish 2019 As The Year’s Top-Selling Software Publisher”

  1. KH3 would probably be higher if the game wasn’t a bit of a letdown for many of us. I consider it the worst entry in the entire franchise. Even worse than the mobile phone game. So since those of us letdown by it were vocal about it, it scared potential customers off from buying it so the sales dipped. Not enough to kick it out of the top 10 but enough to keep it out of the top 5. The DLC coming later will probably help sales increase from now til then… maybe.

      1. I hope you don’t mind minor spoilers. Or major spoilers. I guess it depends on what you would consider major.

        It was mostly Disney filler. You only got snippets of the main story here & there scattered throughout. Most of it was cutscenes so no fun action scenes like in KH2 in regards to the main story or even an entire section of one of the worlds devoted to said main story.) The main story doesn’t even get into full motion til the end of the game after you’ve already cleared every single Disney & Pixar world. Sora, Donald, & Goofy were barely part of the Disney worlds Tangled, Frozen, & Pirates of the Caribbean stories like in previous entries & they felt more like glorified extras than actual participants in the stories. Toy Story, Monsters Inc, & Big Hero 6 were great as you were actually main characters in those worlds stories. The only downside to them is the stories take place after the first movies so it’s all original stories for them. No fighting Sid from Toy Story, no boss fight with Randall of Monsters Inc. (though he is in the story as the “big bad”), & no fight with the big bad of Big Hero 6. Of course, you didn’t get to fight Mother Gothel or Hanz either as you only fought a Heartless born of their darkness. Olympus was great, though, but no fight with Hades, either. I guess we can’t complain too much, though, since we did fight Hades multiple times throughout the series, so that isn’t too much of a letdown.

        The end of the game is only about 25-30 minutes long. Twilight Town was a letdown as you only got to explore the Tram Common area & the forest outside of the mansion. Everything else was blocked off. (I wish I could have scaled the clock tower that Roxas & his friends would always hang out at but that was a no-go.) No Radiant Garden or Traverse Town in beautiful UE4 in HD, either. :/ Oh and you know how Dream Drop Distance set it up to where Sora would awaken everyone connected to his heart? Well he didn’t really do much of anything and most of them were saved without Sora doing much of anything. The only one he really saved was Aqua. The game’s biggest sins were no returning FF characters & the game felt like a side game setting up the 4th entry in the franchise. KH3 has a lot, and I do mean A LOT, of sequel baiting in it throughout. You’d think they’d save the sequel baiting for the ending after you beat Master Xehanort but nope!

        That’s most of my gripes with it. If you were expecting the things I mentioned that didn’t happen, you probably will be left a little empty after beating the game, too. Or maybe you won’t. There are people that do like the game & were happy with what I felt came off as bad or lazy writing at times. I’d still recommend buying it, though, because for the most part, even if it was short, the ending is worth it… for the most part.

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