Amazon released their top items sold in the gaming category in 2017, and the results show Nintendo and Sony topping the list.
Just recently, Amazon released their list of best selling items in the gaming category and the results show a few trends, with Nintendo and Sony firmly controlling the list. The first thing we noticed was that there were only 2 Xbox One games in the top 36 items at spots 17 and 36 being Call of Duty and Destiny 2 respectively. While Nintendo had 7, and PS4 had 3.
The best selling PS4 game for the year was Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is great to see for a new IP that has continued to sell well. Followed closely by Call of Duty and Destiny 2.
Nintendo had games galore on the list. Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Pokemon Sun, Pokemon Moon, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild on WiiU. Needless to say, it was a good year for Nintendo and their new platform.
If you take into account every item that wasn’t just games, Sony had the most items on the list (of top 36 items) at 15 being mostly PlayStation Plus and PSN Cash cards. Nintendo followed closely with 11 items, and Xbox came in a close last with 9 items.
Every Item Included
Now here is when things get a little more grey. If you take into account the entire list, PlayStation had 38, Nintendo had 30 items, Xbox had 27, PC had 3, and miscellaneous had 2 (those being a multiplatform accessory & a time card for a multiplatform MMO).
In strictly games sold on the full list, PlayStation had 18 with 7 of them being exclusive to the platform. Nintendo had 17 with all but one being exclusives to their systems. And Xbox had only 7 games on the list, with all of them being multiplatform games save for one, PUBG, which is a timed exclusive the developers have already said they would like to release on every platform eventually.
The best selling console was the Switch at spots 8 and 14, followed by the Uncharted PS4 bundle at spot 22 and the regular PS4 Slim taking spot 37, and the first Xbox One being the S at spot 48.
It’s interesting to note that the PS4 Pro hit spot 65. While the Xbox One X, which was only available for about 2 months was only 9 spots behind it at spot 74. Considering it was not only $100 more, and available for about 10 months less that’s a strong testament to how much people want stronger hardware. The question though is, will it last? I guess time will tell. With rumors of next generation hardware looking set to be announced and possibly released soon starting to swirl, it makes you wonder.
Who Came Out on Top?
So what does this all mean? It’s a bit of a wash, to be honest. Sony and Nintendo had the most items on the list, but not by a wide margin. The only real things of note is that the Xbox One X sold quite well for only being available for 2 months, and that it only had 7 games on the list. None of which are exclusive, which is a problem they’ve created for themselves. Nintendo had the majority of their items in the first and last 20 items, and Sony was rather dispersed throughout.
For the year, it’s clear Nintendo sold the most console units, especially when you consider it’s already sold more than 10 million units worldwide in less than 10 months. And has become the fastest selling console in U.S. history. While Sony isn’t too far behind, and we may not know just how many they sold this year alone. They have announced they’ve surpassed 70 million units sold in about half the time it took the PS3 to reach 80 million. Sadly, Microsoft stopped reporting how many units the Xbox division sells back in 2015, so we don’t have numbers. But the last estimates leave us at about 30 million as of August.
Is Nintendo back in a big way with the Nintendo Switch? Absolutely. Is the PS4 continuing to sell like hot cakes and on track to outsell the PS3 while also, potentially, outsell the PS2? While the latter still remains to be seen, the first part is correct. And is Microsoft and the Xbox One still doing well in comparison to the competition? It’s anyone’s guess at this point. Since Microsoft doesn’t release official numbers, we only have guestimates to work on, and by all accounts, they are less than half of the PS4.
However, Microsoft doesn’t seem to be upset with that. Especially with how well the Xbox One X is selling, and the high profile platform exclusives they managed to snag, even if they’re timed, is still good for the platform. While I’m sure Microsoft would prefer to see higher console sales, they aren’t showing any signs of giving in the towel, and we’re glad for that.
What are your thoughts? Is there anything your excited about for 2018 that 2017 left you wanting? Or do you see an upset that may change the landscape we were left with at the end of 2017? Let us know in the comments below.