Hold on: an NPD analyst thinks that while we might see the usual games as the best-sellers by the end of the year (such as the new Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, or Madden NFL 20 and NBA 2K20, as both sports [American football and basketball], are highly popular in the United States), comparing the publishers, someone else might take the throne in 2019!
Mat Piscatella, an analyst at NPD, shared his post-E3 thoughts in this post. He thinks that nor Project xCloud (Microsoft), neither Google Stadia will cause a significant market impact in 2019 – as he thinks during the program, the streaming and subscription services had a lot of importance -, but he added that the xCloud WILL have an impact on the Xbox hardware sales, as well as the Xbox Game Pass subscription, which is also available on PC by now.
„Nintendo Switch is the most important piece of video game hardware in the market right now,” Piscatella says about Nintendo’s situation, claiming that the big N’s strong hardware sales will continue, and it will be pushed even further by the next mainline Pokémon RPG, Pokémon Sword & Shield, as it’s safe to say that Pokémon RPG titles (that started out as Pokémon Red/Blue in the West on the Game Boy two decades ago, shortly followed by the anime-referencing Yellow) sell really well.
Piscatella says that even though we’re in a console generation transition year, it’s still going to be a stronger year than usual, and even though there will be no major title at the end of the year like 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2 was, he thinks this will be the reason why there might be some surprises on the top ten best-sellers’ list. This is his prediction:
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- NBA 2K20
- Madden NFL 20
- Borderlands 3
- Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Death Stranding
- Kingdom Hearts III
- Super Mario Maker 2
We’d put Death Stranding a bit higher than that, though…