NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella shared via Twitter that software sales for the Nintendo Switch are on pace to eclipse Nintendo sales across all platforms since tracking began in 1995.
Switch US physical SW sales are on pace to be the biggest ever for a Nintendo platform launch year since '95, by a fairly large margin.— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) September 28, 2017
Nintendo has always had a great track-record for sales when it came to first-party titles, but third-party support on the Wii and Wii U resulted in some lackluster software libraries and sales numbers. Nintendo is cultivating a much better third-party relationship with the Nintendo Switch, including a major campaign to include indie games on the hybrid console.
Mat clarified in the thread of tweets that the numbers he's speaking on are for a calendar year since the launch of the device, so we'll have to wait until March next year to see what the full picture is like for software sales. The console has heavy hitters like Super Mario Odyssey and DOOM arriving this holiday along with indie darlings like Golf Story, SteamWorld Dig 2, Rocket League, and Stardew Valley bolstering their stout software collection as we head toward March, so things are looking pretty positive.