Toshihiro Nagoshi Comments on Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing Record Sales

On this month's SegaNama stream, Sega's Toshihiro Nagoshi shared some insightful comments on Animal Crossing, Nintendo Switch record sales during Covid-19 lockdown.

Sega held on May 26 this month’s SegaNama stream. In case you forgot, these are monthly streams with Sega’s Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi and MC Ayana Tsubaki, sharing news on Sega games, chatting and commenting on subjects bought up by viewers. We systematically cover SegaNama streams on DualShockers. This time, Toshihiro Nagoshi most notably spoke about the record sales of Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Around 17 minutes in, Toshihiro Nagoshi commented on how the Nintendo Switch is selling super well along with Animal Crossing and Ring Fit Adventure. He mentioned how Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales are getting close to 20 million and how it’ll show there’s a market for similar games. In particular, if the game’s digital sales keep rising, it would also show how there can be a new market when it comes to “soft” players buying digital games. “Casual” or “Soft” players seldom buy games digitally, but grabbing a Switch and seeing Animal Crossing out of stock physically might push them to buy the download version instead. Overall, Nagoshi is pretty happy about the situation and how games are doing well, even if not from his own company.

He quickly mentioned sales overall for PS4, and smartphones especially have surged too. With how people are trying to find ways to busy themselves without going out during the Covid-19 pandemic.

While Toshihiro Nagoshi is known for the Yakuza series, I personally don’t believe one second this small chat could hint at Yakuza games getting to Switch at some point. I can’t imagine Yakuza: Like a Dragon getting announced on Switch following Xbox One and Xbox Series X. However, I do believe Sega is planning to bring some of its recent PS4 games to Switch at some point. I wouldn’t be surprised if games such as Shin Sakura Taisen or 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim ended up on Nintendo Switch.

We’ll publish a full summary of the whole SegaNama stream shortly, so like Ulala would say, stay tuned.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07

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