The NPD Group’s monthly report isn’t just about software. We also get some information on how video gaming hardware and accessories are doing. As you’re probably expecting, the trends haven’t changed. The Xbox One and Playstation 4, both of which are seeing their successors releasing in Holiday 2020, are down in sales. Meanwhile, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said that the Nintendo Switch was “again the best-selling hardware platform of September and remains the best-selling platform of 2019”. Piscatella also confirmed that the Switch “is the only platform with sales gains both in September as well as year-to-date”.
Although this has been the case for quite a while now, NPD’s September report includes a new arrival, which is the Switch Lite. There wasn’t much discussion of the Switch Lite, but it is stated that the Switch Lite “gave a boost to the platform’s sales”. According to Piscatella, amiibo also had a great September. Piscatella says that “Interactive-gaming-toy dollar sales jumped more than eight times when compared to September 2018. [That was] driven by growth of Smash Bros. Series 1 amiibo and Link’s Awakening Series 1 amiibo.”