With the Nintendo Switch releasing at the end of the week, it seems many gamers are preparing for the new console by selling their old Nintendo equipment. According to resale site Decluttr, there has been a significant uptick in trade-ins of the New Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo Wii U in the leadup to the Nintendo Switch launch.
The increase in purchases (from the consumer by the site) isn’t surprising considering the hype building around the new Nintendo console. Despite the small list of launch titles, it seems gamers around the world are excited for the opportunity to use one device for gaming both at home and on-the-go. It also doesn’t hurt that the Nintendo Switch will launch with a new Legend of Zelda game in its lineup.
That said, it sounds like the trade-in rate has increased more than many in the industry expected. Liam Howley, marketing director at Decluttr, offered some insight into what he and his team are seeing with the Nintendo trade-ins as the Nintendo Switch release nears. Howley said:
“We’d already seen a steady growth in Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U trade-ins since Christmas, but this increased to unprecedented levels in the weeks leading to the Nintendo Switch launch, as consumers started to trade-in their older consoles in preparation to upgrade in early March.”
The company revealed that it’s seen a 70 percent increase in trade-ins for the two Nintendo devices, and it’s likely other online and retail companies have seen the same. If the “unprecedented” level of trade-ins is any indication of the upcoming sales numbers for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo shouldn’t have much trouble reaching it’s goal of selling two million units its first month. There’s clearly a desire to
Interestingly, Decluttr has also seen an increase in Xbox One and PlayStation 4 trade-ins in recent months as well. This is likely due to the introduction of the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro and not necessarily an indicator that gamers are trading in their Sony or Microsoft platforms for a new Nintendo console.
If this pattern holds it’s also safe to assume Xbox One and Xbox One S trade-ins will see another boost later this year when Microsoft releases Project Scorpio.
Nintendo Switch launches March 3, 2017.