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Golden Week in Japan: Decline of Games on Nintendo, Growth on PlayStation;Good Start for Donkey Kong

Media Create's focuses on Golden Week, pointing out that games on Nintendo platforms have declined year-on-year, while titles on Sony's consoles have grown.

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Gemmol100d ago

For people who do not know

Switch in April 2017 had Mario Kart and switch was still selling crazy

Switch April 2018 sold less games and less hardware but still sold more than ps4

Ps4 April 2017 i cant remember what they had last year

Ps4 April 2018 god of war, some baseball game that sold a lot, and i cant remember what else

So of course switch sales would be lower......april last month was the second month switch was on sale it was selling like crazy

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Gameseeker_Frampt100d ago

So you're saying that it is perfectly understandable for the Switch to be selling less now than it was a year ago. Why is it that you never say the same thing about the PS4 when it is in its 5th year on the market in Japan? Even now, you just had to say that the Switch has outsold the PS4 in April 2018. What happened to those "great supply constraints" that were limiting the sales of the Switch during its first year on the market? Shouldn't the Switch now be selling more than or at least the same as it did in April 2017 since it is no longer supply constrained?

I do have trouble keeping up with these constantly changing rules. How are you not exhausted from having to rewrite them all of the time?

The 10th Rider100d ago

It has nothing to do with the age of the console. The Switch was one month after launch and had much more substantial releases a year ago (Mario Kart, Breath of the Wild had launched a month earlier, etc . . .). This year so far the Switch has pretty much had one big game, Kirby.

Gemmol100d ago (Edited 100d ago )

I do not understand your post

Switch is selling well, it's only a few away from launch year, the place where Nintendo sales drop the most was 3ds it contributed to 62 percent of April 2017 sales, and as of this year it drop down to 23 percent in April 2018. The switch did a good job in 2018 to keep the numbers not from being a big loss, but it still end up being a loss

While the ps4 got better games this April 2018 so the numbers improve just not enough to pass the Switch

If anything the switch continues to increase its lead on the ps4 year to date numbers, if Nintendo keep it up, even if kingdom hearts or any other big game drop, switch will still sell the most hardware for 2018 in Japan and break down the ps4 lead

And i see nothing wrong with it not selling more than April 2017 the system just came out a month ago at that time, sales would still be crazy......i would say same for ps4 if someone try to compare it against its launch month

And the article was talking about decline on game sales which i wrote earlier Mario kart sold very well in 2017, and switch don't have much games in April that sold as well to make up for the 3ds not selling games well and for the 2018 switch games that are not selling well as Mario kart..........hard to compete with Mario kart sales........i bet if April 2019 had smash or mark kart 9 it would outsell April 2017

Concertoine100d ago (Edited 100d ago )

The fact that the PS4 is in its 5th year is irrelevant. The PS2's best sales were in its 4th year and the PS3's best sales were in its 5th year. The PS4's best year has possibly yet to come.

Knushwood Butt100d ago

Switch in April 2018 had 8 new releases (counting both Labo variations as one game)

Switch in April 2017 had 2 new releases. Spelunker and Mario Kart.

The 10th Rider99d ago

The launch week of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (which was just a few days) it sold about as much, if not more, than every single April 2018 release combined did across the entire month . . . and those games were selling to a much larger install base.

Gameseeker_Frampt100d ago

@ Genmol

You don't understand my post mocking you for again rushing to Switch's defense and as always making it a Switch vs. PS4 thing? How shocking...

I do like how both you and The 10th Rider, in response to me pointing out that you always change the rules, again change the rules. Apparently hardware sales only count if a big game released that month - unless it is the PS4 and then we cannot count those sales because they were artificially high because a game released that month. Bayonetta 2 is "the best action game ever" and LABO is the "next big thing" from Nintendo but we're not to count those as 2018 releases since they didn't sell enough to boost sales. But if in another thread someone were to say that Nintendo's only real effort in 2018 so far is Kirby, you better believe it that Bayonetta 2 and LABO will be brought up in the counterargument.

The 10th Rider99d ago

When did I ever say Bayonetta 2 is "the best action game ever" or LABO is the "next big thing"? You're literally putting words in my mouth.

The fact of the matter is that Switch sales saw a slight dip over last year, likely due to a comparably uninteresting release schedule. Mario Kart is one of Nintendo's biggest franchises there is and of course it's going to drive sales. Bayonetta is a great game and Labo is interesting, but neither one are even remotely on the level of Mario Kart. The one saving grace is that Nintendo had Donkey Kong launch there during Golden Week

Also, you do realize this article is talking about software sales? Both consoles saw a hardware boost over last year. Most of Nintendo's software dip was due to a dip in 3DS sales.

Gameseeker_Frampt99d ago

@The 10th Rider

Well since I never said that you used those words it is kind of hard to be putting those words into your mouth. Those words have been used to describe those games and since they are not how I would describe them " " are used.

I do like how now you just want to focus on software like the article does. Curious that you have no problem with Genmol bringing hardware sales into this with his first post. The rules change yet again.

Kribwalker99d ago

“I do like how now you just want to focus on software like the article does. Curious that you have no problem with Genmol bringing hardware sales into this with his first post. The rules change yet again”

“And the article was talking about decline on game sales which i wrote earlier Mario kart sold very well in 2017, and switch don't have much games in April that sold as well to make up for the 3ds not selling games well and for the 2018 switch games that are not selling well as Mario kart..........hard to compete with Mario kart sales........i bet if April 2019 had smash or mark kart 9 it would outsell April 2017”

how is it changing yet again? The main point of the argument has not changed. The switch sold well, Better then the PS4. The article title doesn’t sound like that. Gemmol gave a account of that, you attacked him, demanding he does the same for the PS4, claiming he’s moving goal post and changing rules, They refer to info straight from the article, to which you deflect again.
Simple question for you. Based on the article we are talking about, what has he said that is wrong? No deflection, just straight up answer. Is the switch still outselling the ps4? Was the decline do to the 3ds?

Gameseeker_Frampt99d ago

@Kribwalker

The title of the article is factually correct.
"Decline of games on Nintendo" is factually correct.
"Growth on Playstation" is factually correct.
"Good Start for Donkey Kong" is factually correct.

Yet Genmol, seeing something negative about Nintendo has to immediately rush in and make this about the Switch vs. PS4. You talk about the 3DS Krib - why doesn't Genmol mention it once in the original post? Why does he talk about both Switch and PS4 hardware sales instead? He could of easily just posted a TL;DR saying something like "yeah, the slowing sales of the 3DS really hurt Nintendo's overall numbers but otherwise still a solid few holiday weeks."

What is pathetic is that anyone - Genmol, 10th Rider, you - that brought up Mario Kart 8 as an excuse is just desperately trying to unnecessarily damage control the situation. If one were to actually read the article and do the math, it looks like the Switch sold only a little less software this year than last year. 3DS software sales declined 76% yet the overall Nintendo software sales only declined 37.5%. Even comparing total Switch software sales of the top 20 for the last 2 weeks, 2018 is only 50k lower (and most likely much less than that since there are a lot more games now that sold but didn't chart). Why is it that none of you can do this math and instead are making up excuses where none are needed? Instead, you all are like "let's make this about the Switch vs. PS4" with the very first comment in this thread.

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quent100d ago

So I guess the clickbait failed ?

Gemmol100d ago

It's a Sony website it points out any little thing that makes Sony look good. There's not much lately so they have to do any little they see lately

Gameseeker_Frampt100d ago

Media Create is not a Sony website. Why is it you get upset whenever they do their weekly analysis and it isn't favorable to Nintendo? Are you really that much of a delicate Nintendo fanboy?

Concertoine99d ago

@Gameseeker

Not here in his defense but Media Create didn't title the article and it is a bit baity

Knushwood Butt99d ago

^

Yet that's exactly what is written in the original Media Create article.

Nintendo software is down compaed to Golden Week last year.

Playstation software is up compared to Golden Week last year.

Gameseeker_Frampt99d ago

@Concertoine

If you think the title is a bit baity, you should read what Media Create said.

"According to the results by format in the same period, the Nintendo format drastically decreased to 62.51% by 3DS sales decline (23.78% compared with the same period last year)"

If Dualshockers used adverbs that Media Create used, Nintendo fanboys' heads would of exploded.

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superchiller100d ago

Whelp, Switch had a decent start, but it's already on the decline. I guess people realized that it was never going to be able to match the consoles that came out years before it, and the portability aspect wasn't enough to make up for that.

Prince_TFK100d ago (Edited 100d ago )

The Switch still outselling the PS4 in Japan. What’s more, the decline that they are talking about is the 3DS, not the Switch.

“This decline was felt keenly on Nintendo platforms, that moved only 62.51% of last year’s total game sales. This is mostly focused on the 3DS front, which dropped sharply: 3DS games sold only 23.78% of the amount they sold last year.”

“That being said, according to Media Create, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Switch sold much better than its Wii U predecessor, with 88,000 copies against 36,000 in its debut week. As the Switch’s first Donkey Kong game, this is seen as a “good start.”

Maybe bother reading before commenting next time?

DJK1NG_Gaming100d ago

do you even understand the article because clearly you don't

The 10th Rider99d ago

...The article is talking about software. Switch hardware is up year-over-year for Golden Week.

TallonIV99d ago (Edited 99d ago )

Switch still outselling PS4, damn what a golden week it was! ;)

quent99d ago

Why don't you just fuck off and die already you cockroach

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Knushwood Butt100d ago

Interesting to see that God of War and PowerPro baseball 2018, a bi-annual release baseball game series, drove hardware sales.