Celeste's Switch Version Outsold All Its Other Release Platforms

Celeste is brutal, but enjoyable.
Celeste is brutal, but enjoyable. Matt Makes Games

TowerFall creator Matt Thorson's latest project is the punishing yet rewarding indie platformer Celeste. It just debuted in late January across all platforms, including PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. It's not surprising that the game has been attracting rave reviews across the board, but what may be an interesting tidbit is the fact that it has sold more games on the Nintendo Switch system than any other platform.

In an interview with Destructoid, Thorson confirmed the news:

“The Switch version of Celeste has sold the most, and that’s what we were expecting. We feel like Celeste and the Switch are a perfect fit for each other. We are glad we launched on all consoles though, and we really appreciate the support we’ve seen across the board.” Thorson didn't provide exact figures for Celeste sales on Switch during the interview snippet.

Given the game's challenging nature and near-perfect translation to a handheld, it makes sense that Switch fans have gravitated toward Celeste. The game follows a young woman named Madeline who tasks herself with climbing the titular mountain Celeste, though along the way, she meets additional quirky characters in the form of a ghost named Mr. Oshiro, photographer Theo, and the "Part of Her" that represents some of the negative aspects of Madeline's inner self.

It may be comprised mainly of austere platforming levels with spikes basically everywhere, but Celeste makes sure to reward players who make it through with a fulfilling story, too.

As such, Celeste is a game that feels fantastic as a portable title, and the Switch is perfect for packing up and taking with you on long work commutes or curling up in a chair and getting comfy with. It makes total sense that fans interested in the genre would want to buy the title on a console that facilitates this kind of play.

If you're interested in hardcore, old-school platformer that explores the self-discovery and heart of a strong female protagonist, you'll enjoy Celeste, no matter which system you decide to purchase it on.

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