It is the beginning of a new year, and with that in mind, GI.biz polled a number of video game analysts to ask for their predictions for gaming in the year to come.
One surveyed analyst was Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group. One of his predictions is that the Nintendo Switch, not the newer, more powerful PS5 or Xbox Series X|S consoles, will sell the most units in 2021 in the US.
“Despite the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles, it will be the Nintendo Switch that ends up selling the most units of console hardware in 2021,” Piscatella said.
There are rumors swirling that Nintendo may release a beefier “pro” variant of the Nintendo Switch. Regardless of whether or not that comes to fruition, Piscatella said he sees a bright future for the Switch in 2021.
“I will go a step further and suggest [the Switch having a big sales year in 2021] will be driven by content and promotional efforts rather than the release of a new iterative model,” he said.
The full GI.biz piece is stuffed with interesting and informative insight from Piscatella and other analysts at different companies. Go read it.
The final numbers have not come in yet, but the Switch is expected to have sold more units than the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S in 2020. We will know for sure when the NPD releases its US sales data for December 2020 and the full year on January 15.
In other Nintendo news, the company has announced it will acquire its longtime partner, Next Level Games, the studio behind Luigi’s Mansion 3 and more.