Can you spot trends?
[Art by Lwiis64]
Dads. People have opinions about them. Is dad buying us enough toys? Does he treat Mom good enough? Will he embarrass us in front of our friends? Was he funnier, or were we too young to notice how corny he is? Should we put him in a retirement home?
In any given family, these issues can come to the surface, causing potential conflicts between mom and children. The same goes for Nintendo, the father of modern gaming. Ask any video game fan, and they might tell you that dad jokes haven’t been good since the days of the SNES, or that when he’s trying to be cool, it doesn’t. only makes it look older and disconnected. Others will strongly disagree, leading to family disputes on the internet that could last for days.
The next time you find yourself in this sort of argument, you can arm yourself with the facts. Unsurprisingly, the Wii and DS have the highest numbers, which tells me that Nintendo sells better when they introduce new ways to play. When they try to comply, as with the GameCube, sales flounder. It’s also interesting to see that the 3DS and Wii U had very similar numbers in their first year. I see both consoles as quite derivative of their predecessors, which may explain why they both had slower starts.
Again, the Virtual Boy was quite original for its time, and it didn’t even make the charts. Obviously, there are no hard and fast rules in what makes a successful console, and no way of knowing how long it will take for them to catch on.
Nintendo historical shipping data (1983–present) [NeoGAF]