The success of the Switch surged to new heights in 2018. Throughout the year we heard about the ongoing sales of Nintendo's hybrid system and how a number of first-party titles broke records and sold out at launch.
According to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, the Switch was officially the best-selling games platform in the US last December and throughout 2018. The system did so well, it not only outsold the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it also managed to have the best December of any system this generation.
NPD analyst Mat Piscatella shared the following facts about the system's sales performance:
"Nintendo Switch generated the highest December month hardware dollar sales for a single platform since the Nintendo Wii in December 2009, and achieved the highest December unit sales for a single platform since December 2010.
"Nintendo Switch ends 2018 as the year's best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars. Annual unit and dollar sales of Nintendo Switch are the highest annual total for any hardware platform since the PlayStation 4 in 2015."
Piscatella further explained how hardware unit and dollar sales, in general, were at an all-time high, with an 8 percent increase to $5.1 billion:
"Console hardware unit and dollar sales reached their highest annual totals since 2009."
Gaming accessories also had a 29 percent increase in December 2018 compared to the previous year, reaching $1 billion. The Switch Pro Controller was December's best-selling accessory in terms of dollar sales.
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