Nintendo dominates pre-orders after E3

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Regardless of what everyone thought of E3 this year it’s worth remembering that the aim of every show is for developers and publishers to advertise their games and generate sales, and in terms of pre-orders it looks like Nintendo is the big winner. 

This is according to notable videogame retailer GameStop which has released a list of the top ten pre-orders it has received following the show. 

Via TheGamer, that list is as follows: 

• Metroid Dread
• Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD
• Mario Golf Switch
• Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
• Mario Party Superstars
• Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
• Far Cry 6
• Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance
• Madden NFL 22
• Pokémon Legends: Arceus

For those keeping track Nintendo titles represent six out of ten of the top spots. It’s interesting that Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are counted as one entry because, if they were listed separately, we’d be willing to bet that the numbers would be seven out of ten for Nintendo instead. 

Even more telling of Nintendo’s dominance here is the fact that the much rumoured next Nintendo Switch variant was nowhere to be seen, and the interest is still so high in these games. 

It’s not news to say that Nintendo’s much adored IP continues to sell games over hardware horsepower, but this is just another confirmation of that. 

It’s also not surprising seeing Metroid taking the number one spot. The series has been due a new game on the Switch for a long time and that desire for a new title is spilling over into pre-orders. 

The last little niggle here is Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance. The overseas review embargo for the game just broke and to say that the results of them are mixed would be too kind. By all accounts it looks like an extremely rough game that’s a mission to play let alone enjoy. 

Thankfully it will be available day one on Xbox Game Pass so those interested can try it out without spending extra money. 

Let’s end off with the customary “don’t pre-order games”. It’s nice that we have this information to discuss the industry but there’s just no reason to pre-order games in the modern day where you can just grab a digital copy 24/7. Our advice always remains waiting for reviews and early coverage of any game before whipping out the credit card. 

[Via – TheGamer]

Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of