Premium titles surpassed sales of live service games on Nintendo Switch in February. Compared to PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, where recurring monetization models generate the majority of revenue, Switch stood out, with new premium releases accounting for the largest share of February revenue.
Additionally, two new games have overtaken Fortnite on Nintendo Switch: Metroid Prime: Remastered and Octopath Traveler 2 from Square Enix.
We break down the top-grossing titles on Switch in February and what that means for the gaming market.
first-party titles generated the majority of sales on the Nintendo Switch in February 2023.
Nintendo is well-positioned to capitalize on the success of its platform with a robust offering of first-party games, new and old.If so, it’s no surprise that Nintendo took the lion’s share of all revenue generated from the console in February.
Of the top 20 grossing Switch titles, 14 are published by Nintendo and 15 contain Nintendo IP (Ubisoft published Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope).
In comparison, PlayStation had just two of its titles in the top 20 earnings list and Xbox just one in February.
Looking at the top games by recurring revenue (in games), Nintendo uses new hybrid monetization methods. In terms of early business development, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet generated the most recurring revenue on the Nintendo Switch, followed by Splatoon 3 and Mario Kart 8, with the latter benefiting greatly from the booster that gives players ongoing access to new and followed characters. .Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Nintendo continues to experiment with new ways to monetize the Nintendo Switch to support its traditional business model.
The top ten grossing games in the US and UK showed differences in player preferences.
When comparing the top grossing games in the US and the UK, we found significant differences.
First, there are only two titles that overlap in terms of revenue generated in both markets: Metroid Prime: Remastered and Fortnite. Metroid’s Samus Aran seems to have caught the eye of gamers (and finance) on both sides of the Atlantic.