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Black Friday has come and gone, and it turns out that the most American tradition of all-time has made its way over to the UK for several years at this point. In terms of video game console sales, the Nintendo Switch was #1, thanks in large part to the trusty Neon model + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + 3 months of Switch Online bundle on sale.

The Switch accounted for 42% of console sales during the week, which actually just squeaks past Xbox’s 40% of sales. (PlayStation 5 was the remaining 18%.) The Switch’s sales were down compared to last year’s Black Friday as both Microsoft and Sony pushed more aggressive console deals for the period. But all three had their best sales numbers of the year, which isn’t particularly surprising. 

Do the sales figures mean anything to us, the laypeople? Not really. Nintendo made a lot of money, slightly more than competitors, but only slightly. The Xbox is selling just about as well, really. People in the UK are still buying video games, and will presumably continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Riveting stuff, really. Tune into CNBC for more hardcore number action, if that’s your fancy.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.