Nintendo Switch may have got a big boost in the console wars against rivals the PS4, Xbox One and Google Stadia. Nintendo Switch has been out for just over two and a half years, but in that time has surged up the rankings of console sales for this gen. The House of Mario back in June revealed the Nintendo Switch had managed to shift almost 37million units since launching back in March 2017.
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While earlier this month it was revealed that the Nintendo Switch has sold 10million units in Europe alone.
This is almost as much as its predecessor – the Wii U – managed to sell worldwide during its entire lifetime (13.5million).
To put this in comparison, the Xbox One (which launched back in November 2013) is estimated to have sold 43million units in total.
So it may be that the Nintendo Switch soon overtakes the Xbox One, despite Microsoft’s console having a head start of more than three years.
Ninty had previously said they were aiming to sell over 100million Nintendo Switch units during its lifetime.
If it does that it could end up become Nintendo’s best selling home console ever.
And the Mario makers look to have been received a big boost in its battle for more Nintendo Switch sales.
It’s been revealed that Nintendo is currently working with Fortnite and PUBG part-owners Tencent for the Chinese launch of the Switch.
According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, Tencent is advertising for a dev that specialises in porting titles to the Nintendo Switch.
Ahmad tweeted: “Tencent is hiring a game dev to specialise in porting titles to Nintendo Switch.
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“Tencent previously ported and launched Arena of Valor on Switch. More titles could be on the way.
“Nintendo is currently working with Tencent to officially launch the Switch in China.”
It’s unclear when the Nintendo Switch will be launching in China, but when it does it will open the hit hybrid console up to a huge new audience.
China is the world’s biggest gaming market but this is virtually covered for entirely by smartphones and PCs.
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It’s only recently that big console names from outside of China have been able to sell their hardware in the country after a ban was lifted.
In 2015 the PS4 became the first console of this generation to be released in China.
Previously Nintendo had to try and crack the Chinese gaming market with a partner in China.
One such instance of this was the iQue Player that was released in 2003.
It managed to pack the N64 hardware into a controller that hooked up to a TV, with games downloaded onto memory via in-store kiosks.
The iQue came out over seven years after the initial release of the N64 and boasted a very different form factor.
And, of course, it didn’t have the Nintendo name attached to it.
The upcoming Switch Chinese launch looks to be very different, and if successful could hugely boost the console’s overall sales figures.
Japan, like China, has a big smartphone gaming scene and in the Land of the Rising Sun the Switch has been a huge success.
If that’s anything to go by then the portability of the Switch may be what’s needed to appeal to the massive Chinese gaming market.
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