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Gaming: Switch tops Nintendo U.S. sales; Star Trek Fleet Command shows off film stars

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Nov 28, 2018

Black Friday has come and gone, with video games relaxing a bit on gamers' inboxes now that the intensity of sales season has died down a bit before Christmas. However, some companies did better than others while some games skipped the consumerist celebration entirely to debut their exciting features in the following lull.

First, let's look at some sales figures. While some have recently lambasted the Switch’s sales as underwhelming for the company’s console hopes, the most recent Nintendo offering has actually been setting records this year — all before its biggest game drops this holiday season.

According to IGN, Nintendo’s year-end goal of 20 million console sales has made huge strides thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday. For the Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday span, a slam dunk sales period for all things gaming, the Switch set a record as the best-selling Nintendo console in history with its highest sales week ever in the U.S.

Looking only at online sales, the Switch was the top-selling video game product in general during this year’s purchase-palooza (at least, according to Nintendo). Some of that was likely driven by the recent release of Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! — two games which have sold over 1.5 million copies stateside in less than two weeks — and the anticipation of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the upcoming entry in the beloved party brawler series.

That game is hitting the Switch on Dec. 7 and it’s already the best pre-selling game in Switch history. If fans went this crazy over a few Pokémon updates, signs are good that this sequel should clean up — and possibly push Nintendo over its target sales number.

Next up, a new Star Trek strategy game is coming to mobile devices from Scopely and CBS Interactive — and it has some familiar faces. Star Trek Fleet Command brings players and crew members on board the Enterprise for a prequel story in the J.J. Abrams-verse.

According to EW, the game won’t only occur right before Star Trek Beyond, it’ll integrate the most recent film franchise’s representations of Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and more into the character models. That means Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and more have been digitized for mobile gaming as the story covers the film’s plot and moves past into the future.

Check them out:

They may not have lent their voices, but their likenesses should add a bit of familiarity to the Star Trek proceedings, at least for the modern fan. The strategy game makes you manage resources, factions, and tons of battles in an open world crawling with Klingons.

Star Trek Fleet Command hits the App Store and Google Play on Nov. 29.

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