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Dead Cells is selling four times as many copies on Switch as on PS4

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Dead Cells from developer Motion Twin is a phenomenal game. Though it’s regularly billed as a Metroidvania, it really only borrows a few elements from the genre and is more of a skill-based action platformer with rogue-like tendencies. Those labels aside, it’s the sort of game you can – and have to – play over and over again.

It’s a perfect game for a quick 10-minute run, while also being great for extended sessions. That makes it a perfect for the Nintendo Switch, a machine with a bit of portability. That shows in the sales. While there are no solid numbers for how many copies of the game have been sold on each platform, its developers have revealed that the Switch version of the game is outselling the PlayStation 4 version by a factor of four to one.

That hardly seems especially surprising, but when you consider the respective user-bases for each console it does become interesting. The PlayStation 4 is approaching 80 million units sold, while the Switch has roughly 20 million sell-through. You could argue that it’s because the Switch has no games, but you’d be dead wrong; the system is practically overflowing with fantastic games to play.

If it does show anything, it’s that Nintendo’s plan for the Switch is working. They wanted a machine that would bring back lapsed gamers by giving them a machine that lets them fit gaming into their lives instead of having to structure their lives around gaming. Hell, I’ve bought games on the Switch that I’ve received review copies of before, just because it’s usually easier to cram in Switch time than it is to play on other platforms.

As for Dead Cells itself, it’s a delight no matter which platform you play it on.

“Dead Cells is the kind of game where you tell yourself that you’re going to have a quick ten-minute session and then wonder four hours later why it’s dark outside.

A chimera of genres, Dead Cells succeeds in forging its own path with incredibly polished combat, retrotastic art design and drawing the right amount of influence from the past.”

Last Updated: September 6, 2018

24 Comments

  1. Lord Chaos

    September 6, 2018 at 07:48

    What’s a PS4?

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    • Dresden

      September 6, 2018 at 08:29

      It a device you buy, yet rarely ever play on.

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      • Original Heretic

        September 6, 2018 at 08:41

        I play with mine every night!
        Oh, wait, you’re referring to a PS4…

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      • Pariah

        September 6, 2018 at 10:30

        And when you do, you can’t play with your friends unless they’re also playing on one. 😛

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        • Original Heretic

          September 6, 2018 at 10:44

          I’m in luck there, all my friends also opted for the PS4 option.

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    • Allykhat

      September 6, 2018 at 09:49

      The best place to play.

      *Waits for Master Race circle jerk to arrive*

      Reply

  2. Kromas

    September 6, 2018 at 08:11

    But I thought the PS4 is “simply the best platform to game on”.

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  3. Pariah

    September 6, 2018 at 08:29

    This stat makes me happy. I don’t know exactly why. Maybe it’s that Sony needs to eat some humble pie, or maybe it’s because the Switch is the console I’d buy if I was in the market for one, or maybe it’s nice seeing Nintendo do well again.

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    • Lord Chaos

      September 6, 2018 at 08:33

      I just find it funny, same people defending Sony now are the people who bashed MS when they made bad decisions while being the top console. Not taking side in the debate, it’s just laughable

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      • Dresden

        September 6, 2018 at 08:46

        I have a PlayStation and I’m biased towards them for several reasons.
        While I love the PS4, it’s just easier to game on my PC most of the time.

        That, and the fact that Steam games cost a fraction of what PS4 games cost.

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        • Lord Chaos

          September 6, 2018 at 08:47

          My biggest gripe is still the controller, just feels flimsy

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      • Pariah

        September 6, 2018 at 09:08

        I only hate on the PS4 controller and the entitlement of the people in charge there. The console itself if good, and the game lineup is excellent.

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        • Original Heretic

          September 6, 2018 at 09:12

          I still miss my Xbox controller…
          I keep meaning to get an XB style control for my PS, but never seem to get round to it. I’d rather buy new games.

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  4. Original Heretic

    September 6, 2018 at 08:46

    This really isn’t the kind of thing I’d get for the PS.
    If it were heavily discounted or perhaps a free PS Plus game, then I’d maybe go for it.

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      September 6, 2018 at 08:58

      Whatever you get it for,just get it.

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      • Original Heretic

        September 6, 2018 at 09:01

        I am curious about it, it looks pretty cool.
        I’ll get there at some point.

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