2017 was a wonderful year for gaming. The PlayStation 4 had excellent exclusives, the Xbox had the Xbox One X for tech enthusiasts, and Nintendo released both the Switch and the SNES Classic. While the PlayStation 4 had some excellent releases, the Nintendo Switch had a record year and has won 2017. The PlayStation 4 had some incredible exclusive software, such as Horizon Zero DawnNier AutomataPersona 5, and Resident Evil 7 as a timed exclusive. They also have some great VR games like SkyrimResident Evil 7, and DOOM.  Xbox has what, the Xbox One X? The Switch will surpass it in sales within a year. Watch and see.

Nintendo Switch Won 2017

The Nintendo Switch finished out on top though. A Zelda and Mario game in the console’s first year (the best Mario game to date, and I don’t enjoy 3D Mario games so much) is hard to match.  There were exclusives coming out almost every month. The Switch had an amazing ride in 2017. It is the Super Nintendo of our generation.

Microsoft – An Abysmal Year

Nintendo Switch Won 2017

Microsoft has shown us software matters. This year there were almost no exclusives for the Xbox One, except for Halo Wars and a few others, but Cuphead may be the only one really of note. Forza 7 as well, but that’s it. This is a pathetic showing. The Xbox One X is a great system on paper, but there are not many people who can fully take advantage of the system. It’s not worth the price tag.

Why buy an Xbox One X when you can get the Xbox One S at Costco with two controllers for $239 USD with a three-month game pass? The One X still doesn’t have VR, which is foolish considering its sheer power and its ability to obliterate Sony’s PSVR (I am not even a fan of VR, but this is the direction the industry is taking us in). This needs to be rectified in 2018. They needed a Halo-type killer this year but didn’t and depended on 3rd parties and hardware. This is a failing strategy. In order to compete, Microsoft needs to up their game. They need Halo 6 and Gears of War 5 next year. Both are unlikely to happen.

Sony – A Huge Winner This Year

Nintendo Switch Won 2017

Sony had an incredible year. Any other year they would be on top, hands down. With exclusives like Horizon Zero DawnNiohNier AutomataPersona 5Resident Evil 7 in VR, Yakuza 0Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Ageand Uncharted: The Last Legacy. There are probably a few more to be mentioned, like DOOM VFR and Skyrim VR, which are shared with the HTC Vive. The point is though Sony absolutely killed it this year. For all intents and purposes, they should have won this year…if Nintendo hadn’t had such an amazing year with the Switch.

Nintendo Switch Won 2017

Ultimately, do these “contests” matter though? No. They are silly. Ultimately it’s gamers who benefit from all of this. Gamers should want all companies to have excellent years; this drives innovation. That being said, everyone needs to own a Switch and PlayStation 4 at this point. They can even just use the Switch as their handheld device and the PlayStation 4 as their home console if they so choose. The games are just so good on both systems, and the best is yet to come next year. Make no mistake, the PlayStation 4 had the best year it possibly could have, unless The Last of Us came out. Nintendo just managed to have their best year ever and released one of the best consoles of all time.

Nintendo – The Best Gaming Year in Recent Memory

Nintendo Switch Won 2017

Nintendo has had such an incredible year. It’s hard to articulate in words to be quite frank. They launched a new hybrid portable/home console system, the Nintendo Switch. They released games at a steady rate, including titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSuper Mario OdysseySplatoon 2Xenoblade Chronicles 2Pokken Tournament DXMario Kart 8 Deluxe, 1-2 Switch, and ARMS. These are only first-party titles in the first nine months of release and isn’t even a complete list. Nintendo has also gotten stellar third-party support with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom BattleL.A. NoireDOOMRocket LeagueSkyrimUltra Street Fighter IISonic ManiaYooka-Laylee, and so much more.

One of the main reasons for the Nintendo Switch’s success is its steady release schedule. They didn’t burn all their games at launch. They started with Zelda and worked their way to Super Mario Odyssey towards the end of the year, with a lot in-between. All of this culminated with the final release of the year, Monolith Soft’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which is a masterpiece.

Nintendo nailed it in every facet. Their marketing was fantastic. Their games were incredible. Most importantly, there’s something for everyone to play. The Switch has a mass appeal which is why it is so successful. My own sister, a non-gamer, went out and bought one with Zelda and Mario Kart. She then later went and bought Super Mario Odyssey. We play Mario Kart every weekend. It actually brings us closer together, which is why I love Nintendo.

The SNES Classic is also a sweeping success for Nintendo. Combining that and the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo easily had a better year than any of their competitors.

The question is, can they keep it up? Sony is poised to have another incredible year next year with the PlayStation 4. We’ll find out more during the January Nintendo Direct, but if Pokemon comes this year to the Nintendo Switch, watch out: Nintendo may not be able to keep up with demand if that comes to pass.

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Morgan Lewis is a Video Game Journalist is the Founder, Owner, and Editor-in-Chief of VG Culture HQ. He has been writing about games for over four years and has written over 1,500 articles during that timespan. He first fell in love with gaming when he received A Link to the Past for Christmas when he was six and is the guywazeldatatt. He also loves anime and anything that has to do with gaming culture and Tetsuya Takahashi games. Is also a huge anime and Star Wars fan (RIP pending Episode IX).

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  • Clate

    Stellar 3rd party support? The PS4 and Xbox One had better games Day 1 from 3rd parties than Switch has now. Will not argue about the first party as that is opinion based. I personally prefer the PS4 exclusives but my fiance prefers the Switch exclusives (been playing the heck out of Odyssey and MK8 in the bed lol)

    • Morgan

      I mean they had LA Noire day one, getting Wolfenstein, have DOOM and Skyrim, Fire Emblem Warriors coming, Shin Megami Tensei V coming, Project Octopath Traveler, a bunch of Bandai Namco games like My Hero Academia and One Piece….I know it’s not perfect and there’s more but it’s a hell of a lot better than what they did have in the past. That was my point with third-party support. also Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

  • Thor Mjolnirs

    No mention of PC either.

    • Morgan

      This article is about consoles. We don’t typically cover PC games.

  • Aaron blanchard

    2017 was about Nintendo??? The tablet that plays Mario games is the winner?? Winner of what? Overpriced and graphically garbage, the switch is a Wii U, on a slim fast diet. It’s easy to tell this author is clearly a Nintendo fan because the article itself is biased and the bio states he loves Anime. So why not write that in the article before trashing the consoles that truly won 2017? Xbox had a lot more than Cuphead, and Playstation had numerous releases and ps4 VR that seemed to dominate the market. Switch is your Winner… not overall the winner in sales or games or even remotely not sucking.

    • heavenshitman1

      If you want to get objective, multi-plat ports on Switch often seem to be selling the best, Switch sales I believed were dead on par with PS4’s equivalent launch sales (Switch being supply constrained). Switch is definitevly owning at least one territory, Japan.
      Talking about cost, compared to any other portable gaming device before it, its the best value machine yetIf you think Switch is that bad, go play the Vita

      • Morgan

        On point exactly

        • heavenshitman1

          Gotta reward praise for me I guess 🙋

      • Switch sales weren’t even close to the PS4 World wide in 2017. And the Switch supply issues have been long gone.

        • Morgan

          Dude PS4 has been out for years, switch just came out, has smaller library but amazing games and arguably a better year with exclusives. actually a better year period. so. nice try.

        • heavenshitman1

          Not long gone in Japan, and what were PS4 world wide sales? Switch is poised for about 14 mil

          • Mega

            You got a source of this 14 mil number? Considering as of Dec 12, the switch sold 10 million units. It didn’t sell another 4 million in two weeks realistically speaking. And ps4 ww sales were 21 million for 2017. Simple math can deduce that number

          • heavenshitman1

            Completion of year one for Switch is March 3rd, and I was referring to aligned sales of PS4 launch year.
            Consoles normally boost sales in subsequent years. Switch is being projected towards 20 mil for year 2 (we’ll just have to wait on that one)

  • Richard

    Zelda is a wii u port and mario will sell on his name alone, wii u was nintendos last home console. Switchs hybrid bulls#it is to hide the fact that nintendo had to cannibalize their strong handheld market in order for nintendo to stay alive.

    • Morgan

      not really. nice try though. thanks for the entertainment! 🙂

  • heavenshitman1

    Was the article fundamentally wrong? Did Nintendo not smash sales, attain GOTY, Own Japan and hell, even make Sony start to reconsider their position in the market

    • Morgan

      Yep Sony even admitted it themselves

    • Sony said they can’t ignore the switch…not reconsider their own position. Good grief what a spin.

      • heavenshitman1

        I said ‘start to reconsider’.

        To suggest they can’t ignore the Switch, to me, is to suggest they’re re-evaluating the value of their set-top box style gaming devices.

        With dimishing returns on performance, its likely that all consoles will follow Switches hybrid design sooner or later, or alternately it’ll be streaming services, but I wouldn’t bet on that , being it demands exquisit net connections for every single world wide user

  • PS4 a close second in what? PS4 sold 20 million units in 2017. Sold the most software…so 2nd interms of what?

    • Morgan

      Switch wasn’t established at first and had nine months versus 12 for ps4. Nintendo had better first-party games. Better games overall. Nintendo won 2017.

      • As of of Dec 12, the switch has sold 10 million units. Was the rate of sales for the Switch capable of selling 10 million units in 3 months to make up the difference? No. “Better” as you’ve declared is purely subjective rather than straight facts.

        • Richard

          Nintendo handhelds sell great. Its their console business that they use to have is what struggled.

          • I agree. My argument here is that this is an opinion piece that’s being portrayed as a matter of fact.

      • Richard

        Cartoony nostalgia acts and wii u is what you call great first party games? If you’re 12 years old maybe.

        • Nostalgia is what’s blinding all these nintendo fanboys

  • Mega

    Sorry but banning me and deleting certain posts because the facts don’t line up with your fanboyism won’t change reality. 🙂

    • Morgan

      look donn’t be an ass and you won’t be banned. fair? it’s hard to moderate when i get so many comments. it has nothing to do with being a fanboy, last year you all were calling me an xbox fanboy. funny how all this works out, doesn’t it?