Nintendo hasn’t always been on the forefront of gaming, and sometimes they miss some very BIG and OBVIOUS advances that should’ve been on their systems. But more often than not, they make up for it in the next generation in a big way. Case and point, indie games. Despite Xbox and PlayStation having indie games on their systems for some time, the Nintendo platforms haven’t always kept up, and it was only with the Nintendo Switch that they went all in on them, and it’s paid off. Especially for developers like Motion Twin, the team behind the game Dead Cells.
Since release, Dead Cells has been getting tons of praise (including from us! Read our review!), and the sales numbers seem to be doing well too. But on Switch, they’re apparently doing exceptionally well. This comes from a marketing team member of Motion Twin, who talked with Destructoid at PAX West and noted that the game on Switch is outselling the PS4 version at about 4-to-1. That’s insane.
However, that’s not out of the ordinary, in fact, the Nintendo Switch has been DOMINATING the indie market since launch. Likely because of the consoles portability, which gives gamers the reason to buy more indie titles, but whatever the reason, it’s working. And the Switch’s versions of indie games like Dead Cells aren’t limited to beating one console, at times they’re drastically outselling Steam. Which if you recall was THE home for indie games not so long ago.
So between console sales (at 20 million currently in about 18 months), software sales (nearly 100 million) and all of these indie sales (too many variables to count), the Nintendo Switch is dominating the market right now.