The Nintendo Switch is not yet a year old, but we are already seeing lower numbers for third party games. Case in point, Doom from Bethesda Softworks reportedly sold less than 100,000 units in its first week at retail. Does this signal something about the Nintendo Switch that everyone is ignoring or is it just a case of an older game not withstanding fan interest?
According to VGChartz Doom sold:
47,364 units in the United States
21,877 units in Europe
3,564 units in the UK
4,851 units in Germany
5,301 units in France
Not stellar numbers but this could easily be due to the title being one that most gamers have already played elsewhere, or simply have grown tired of. Interestingly, VGChartz goes into detail on sales of Doom in the first week on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well –
455,607 units on PlayStation 4
205,127 units on Xbox One
Keep in mind, Doom released on Nintendo Switch over a year and a half later than on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows. That is about 18 months of fans playing it on other platforms before it was made available for the Nintendo Switch.
I am no rocket scientist but I feel a more fair comparison would be to focus on titles that are released simultaneously, or close to it, across the four popular platforms.
There is a probable reason for these poor sales on Nintendo Switch that is not related to the age of the game. Maybe, just maybe, mature titles are not popular with the audience that has gravitated to the Switch? It could be possible, though I would like to see information on mature, or at least close to it, titles that see release closer together on all the major platforms before passing that judgment.