3rd Party Digital Sales in U.S. Surpass Physical Sales on Switch

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Many people who grew up with video games likely have fond memories of going to a game store and buying a brand new game or unwrapping a much-wanted game on Christmas. Blowing into the cartridge or trying to carefully wipe a disc down when the game doesn’t turn on correctly were also common memories looked on a bit less fondly. Being able to show your friends all your games lined up on the shelf was a source of pride for many (and still is for some). Over the past few years however, the rise of digital downloads for console games has led to more and more game libraries being stored on peoples’ consoles themselves instead of on their shelves.

For Nintendo, the shift to digital gaming reached another milestone with the Switch recently. At GDC 2018, Nintendo shared that for the first time, 3rd party digital sales are outdoing physical sales in the U.S. and showed a list of their ten best selling indie games:

Steam World Dig 2

Stardew Valley



Fast RMX

Golf Story

Enter the Gungeon

Overcooked: Special Edition

NBA Playground

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

This rise of digital sales further proves the success indie developers have had bringing their games to the Switch. This doesn’t seem to be a temporary thing either, as the number of indie success stories on the Switch has only inspired more indie devs to bring their games to the hot new gaming platform. Nintendo even recently aired a Direct focused entirely on indie games which reflects their commitment to continuing to make the Switch a desirable platform for indie games.

After struggling to get third party support throughout the Wii U’s lifespan, the success of the Switch as an indie machine in addition to the success of popular first party games like Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey only continues to cement the Switch as one of the best gaming platforms on the market. What indie games have you enjoyed on the Switch or hope to see on the console in the future? Let us know!

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