Dedicated handhelds apart, Nintendo consoles have largely been the place the place third-party software program has gone to die ever since 1996’s Nintendo 64. For at the least one quarter for at the least one main sport writer, nevertheless, that pattern appears to have rotated.
In an earnings name yesterday, Ubisoft revealed that 19 p.c of its second-quarter software program gross sales for the corporate’s fiscal yr 2017-2018 fiscal yr had been on Nintendo Switch. That was 4 share factors greater than PC video games’ 15 p.c share and only one level decrease than Xbox One software program’s 20 p.c share. PlayStation four software program unsurprisingly led the best way with 31 p.c of Ubisoft’s software program gross sales for the quarter.
At a time when some console holders are dealing with criticisms over an absence of unique software program, Switch-exclusive Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle appears to have gone a great distance towards bolstering Ubisoft software program gross sales on Nintendo’s console. Ubisoft listed Kingdom Battle as the primary sport that drove the corporate’s development throughout the first half of its present fiscal yr. The writer additionally cited Kingdom Battle’s Metacritic rating of 85 in an accompanying slideshow through which the sport was listed as having outperformed expectations.
This ought to come as no shock to anybody being attentive to Switch sport gross sales. The NPD Group reported in September that Kingdom Battle, launched on August 29, had turn out to be Switch’s top-selling third-party sport because the console’s March launch.
And though the borrowed Nintendo franchise sport could have performed the majority of the heavy lifting for Ubisoft on Switch, the writer has additionally launched Monopoly, Uno, and Just Dance 2018 on Nintendo’s hybrid home-portable console.