The Nintendo Switch has been a smash hit, with recent records showing that it’s already on track to outsell the Wii U, and the latest graphic from Nintendo helps illustrate just why the system has been so successful.
One of the biggest selling points of the Switch, as highlighted in every trailer and even the name of the console, is its ability to switch from a home console to a portable console at a moment’s notice. As it turns out, Nintendo is able to track whether users are playing in portable or handheld mode, and the company recently published the results in a graph.
This metric is the ultimate test of the Switch’s concept: If what fans truly wanted was a singular home console or a singular portable console, then the graph would surely show a vast majority of the players sticking to one or the other. Instead, though, the graph shows that the Switch’s central concept was a success.
Over 50 percent of players use both the TV and handheld mode of the console regularly, while there’s a fairly even split between those who use the Switch primarily in one mode or another (defined by players who spend over 80 percent of their game time in one mode or the other). Handheld mode is more popular, with 30 percent of users playing on the go most of the time, while a little under 20 percent of users keep their Switches docked all day.
“As the graph breaks it down, we can see how the different play modes for hardware use are classified, form the docked to the undocked experience,” Nintendo’s report explains. “We can clearly see that consumers are playing to suit their own play styles.”
Ultimately, it shows that the Switch’s versatility was a smart move—make it all portable and you lose the TV mode players, as well as some portion of the players who swap between modes regularly (or vice versa). Currently, the console has sold 7.63 million units, and we can only expect that number to climb higher over the holiday season.