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Nintendo denies that a Switch follow-up is coming anytime soon

Nintendo denies that a Switch follow-up is coming anytime soon

Overall, spending on gaming hardware in the U.S. grew 8 percent in 2018, on top of a 27-percent increase the year before, to reach the segment's highest unit and revenue totals since 2009.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella broke down how the quarter finished up.

Throw in console software and accessories, as well as PC, mobile, DLC, and subscription spending on gaming, and the U.S. game industry as a whole grew 18 percent in 2018 to more than $43 billion, according to ESA-cited numbers from NPD and Sensor Tower.

"Console hardware unit and dollar sales reached their highest annual totals since 2009."

Ninty has typically held a January 2019 Nintendo Direct at the start of each new year.

Hover over the Super Smash Bros. Brawl by over 70 per cent.

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Ultimate players have just one more week to claim the first DLC character for free, before Piranha Plant enters the fray at some point next month. SSBU, however, was the best selling game last December, which also helped boost Switch console sales, and beat Sony's Spider-Man when it came to console exclusives. And the fun doesn't stop there - Mario Kart finished out 2018 as the second best-selling racing game of all time, "trailing only Mario Kart Wii for lifetime sales".

To maintain the growth, Nintendo is expected to place its focus primarily on software development, the sources said.

The end result of all this is that Nintendo generated more software revenue than any other console vendor for the entire year. Nintendo launched the platform back in March of 2017.

Another thing worth noting is that Wargroove is confirmed to feature day-one cross-play between Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC, but no mention has been made about cross-play with the PlayStation 4 version. Unfortunately, this kind of granularity is hard to come by.

Taiwan's upstream supply chain for Nintendo's Switch is expected to see shipments of the game console shrink 25-30% in 2019, according to industry sources.