Nintendo Switch Was The Best-Selling Console in the US For December

Everyone's doing great, but Nintendo takes the top spot.

News by Mike Williams, .

The Xbox One outsold the PlayStation in December and the Nintendo Switch outsold both, according to Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg. Greenberg is citing unreleased data for the NPD Group, which reports on sales in the United States.

The launch of Xbox One X and a discounted $189 price tag for the Xbox One S helped push Microsoft's platform in November and December. PlayStation 4 was stronger in November, when it had its best month ever in the United States. The base PlayStation 4 was $199 at the time, but those discounts went away in December.

Nintendo and Sony have offered numbers to contextualize the holiday season or the year as a whole. Nintendo has sold 4.8 million consoles in the United States in the 10 months since launch, making it the fastest-selling home console in the U.S. Sony recently stated that the PlayStation 4 sold 5.9 million units over the course of the holiday season, bringing the system's lifetime total to 73.6 million. In contrast, Microsoft hasn't given firm console numbers since October 2015.

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  • Avatar for Fourfoldroot #1 Fourfoldroot 3 months ago
    Well, this is just what I assumed would be the case given MS released a new console the month before and Switch had two of the best games of the year along with previous supply constraints.

    Someone really should tell MS that it doesn't look good to crow about sales figures after years of saying they aren't a relevant metric though, especially since it is likely only temporary due to the new hardware release
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #2 MetManMas 3 months ago
    @Fourfoldroot Yeah, I'm sure the primary reasons the Xbox One X sold so well were because 1) it was a shiny new thing released around the holidays, and 2) lots of people already own a PS4. What really matters is if they can keep up the momentum, and I seriously doubt Microsoft can.
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  • Avatar for shurn #3 shurn 3 months ago
    Yay for Microsoft the underdogs. I don't own one anymore but I liked the system and glad they did well this December.
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  • Avatar for lacerz #4 lacerz 3 months ago
    The wording reeks of corporate speak. Did Xbox sell more units than the PS4, or did they bring in more money in sales than the PS4 (like what happened in November)? And are they including PS4 Pro sales, or is it the base PS4 only. Any of those circumstances would make the Tweet technically correct.
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  • Avatar for Flipsider99 #5 Flipsider99 3 months ago
    I'm just happy that the Switch continues to do well. Sometimes I feel a little bit alone in my opinions on gaming, but it's nice that a lot of people seem to be sharing my love for this really cool system!
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