Why the Nintendo Switch Is Dominating the Console War

It’s hard to go without hearing about the oh-so-great Nintendo Switch, who’s been consistently beating every record set to it.

It sold 8.7 million copies in the first 21 months, which beat the records set by the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. ‘Super Smash Bros Ultimate’ sold 3 million copies in the first 11 days of release. As of now, the Nintendo Switch has proudly boasts a solid 22 million consoles sold.

Why is it breaking these records though? What is so great about the newest console by Nintendo?

Before we answer that, we’ll have to continue to compare it to the other competitors, the PS4 and the Xbox One. To begin, we’ll compare the top selling games of each console.

The Nintendo Switch’s best selling games are: ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,’ ‘Super Mario Odyssey,’ ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,’ ‘Splatoon 2’  and finally, ‘Super Smash Bros Ultimate.’

The PlayStation 4’s best selling games are: ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III,’ ‘Call of Duty: WWII,’ ‘Fifa 17,’ ‘Fifa 18,’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto V.’ However, the PS4 is known for having a good library of exclusive games, like ‘Persona 5,’ ‘The Last of Us,’ ‘Bloodborne,’ ‘God of War,’ and ‘Spider-Man.’

The Xbox One’s best selling games are: ‘Battlefield 1,’ ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,’ ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III,’ ‘Call of Duty: WWII,’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto V.’ The Xbox lacks exclusive games when compared to the PS4 and the Switch, the most you have is ‘Halo’ or ‘Forza’ with the occasional game like ‘Sea of Thieves.’ It’s not something you can compare to its competitors though.

From looking at the library of games offered by each console, we can easily rule out the Xbox. Anything you’d want from the console regarding games is already covered by the other consoles, plus the PS4 and Switch both boast many more good exclusive games.

This leaves the PS4 and the Switch, the PS4 a long time top of the console war. To further narrow down the gap between these two, we’ll have to talk about the hardware.

To simplify, we’ll only talk about two things–the memory (the more memory you have, the faster your machine will be able to read and store temporary data–this means the more memory you have, the faster you can run games) and the storage along with any extra parts (such as the ‘Nintendo Switch’s’ portable screen).

The PS4 has 8 GB of memory, which is slightly above standard. For reference, a laptop usually contains 4 GB memory, with 8 GB for the slightly higher end ones (keep the mind that the very high end ones are 12 GB and above, but 4-8 GB is standard). It also has 500 GB of storage, which is pretty good. The average amount of space taken up by a game 25-30GB.

The Nintendo Switch has 4 GB of memory and a surprisingly small amount of storage–only 32 GB. However, you also have to take in the fact that the Switch is portable. The Switch is actually designed to take another stick of memory, and the storage is quite easy to change out. The drawback of the design is that it isn’t able to cool itself as well, so it can’t have much more without overheating.

This is why I want to a Switch Pro version of sorts, with better cooling and better specs, but that’s for another day.

From this, we have the PS4 in lead still, as it’s been around so long that it has a bigger library of games and how it has better specs. However, we haven’t talked about one thing–the portability of the Nintendo Switch.

This is why the Nintendo Switch is leading in the war. It’s both a console and a handheld, both things Nintendo has excelled at. The Wii (ignoring the Wii U, sorry) and the DS / 3DS are leaders when it comes to games.

Nintendo learned from the flop that was the Wii U and made something great. Something that you could take anywhere with you, has every loved Nintendo title, and has good specs for a handheld.

It’s no wonder that the Nintendo Switch is selling so well, even despite the weak lineup it had in the beginning. Now, we have even more games on the way. A remaster of the first ‘Legend of Zelda,’ a new ‘Animal Crossing’ game, and the newly announced ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield.’