July was a good month for Nintendo. Octopath Traveler was the best-selling game in the United States, according to the industry tracking firm The NPD Group. The switch was also the best selling console in terms of both dollars and unit sales. That company should celebrate, but it will keep an eye on the giant little and yellow man in the shadows that smell of onion.
That's right, Wario is not happy.
WarioWare Gold launched the 3rd of August for Nintendo 3DS. It gave two days of sale for the NPD's July period, which ended 4 August. For a new game, there is enough time to affect – but WarioWare did not. The latest entry in the microwave series failed to break NPD's top 20 best-selling games. On the 3DS chart, it glued to No. 3 behind the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in the Pokémon series.
Now I can love it, but I will not pretend WarioWare is one of Nintendo's largest and best-selling franchise. But 3DS has sold 72.86 million systems worldwide, and the US is a significant part of the installation base. So you would think that a new game on that platform would perform "OK" or even "not bad."
NPD does not give numbers, but for a new game to start and do not even break top 20 on OD charts? It's a rough start. It also adds to the idea that installation base is all that matters. Selling a lot of console is great, but what really matters is the fixing frequency, that is, the number of games sold per system. And preferably you will see a high attachment rate over the past 1
3DS's attachment rate is fast because the audience has moved to Switch. I bought WarioWare, but I primarily treat my 3DS as a relic at this point. It has more than 50 games installed digitally, and that's what the system will probably have for the rest of your life. It's a console that I'm already going to give my young daughter to play the existing library, but not to buy new games.
Of course, I must point out that Nintendo games from the first party do not include digital sales on the ODP list, and I assume that WarioWare did a significant part of its business through eShop. But physically still represents more than 50 percent of new game sales, so it does not change the fact that fans have already phased 3DS even though Nintendo has not.
And Wario needs something better than an outdated handheld for his greedy capitalist schemes to succeed, so maybe Nintendo can start pulling a Wii U on these late 3DS games and send them to the switch.
Correction: This story originally said that WarioWare gold launched July 27th. It actually debuted in North America on 3 August. It gave it two day sales on the July NPD chart.