The NPD Group has just released its latest monthly report, highlighting hardware and software sales number in the United States. Unsurprisingly, the long-awaited launch of Kingdom Hearts III proved to be immensely successful, as Square Enix’s action RPG beat out Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake for the top software spot.
Both of these highly anticipated titles outperformed their predecessors considerably. Kingdom Hearts III generated 2.5 times as much revenue in its first month as Kingdom Hearts II, while the Resident Evil 2 remake generated 2.8 times that of the original game. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe also followed this trend, outpacing the Wii U version of the game by 30%.
Despite the fact that the top two games of the month aren’t available on Nintendo Switch, the hybrid console still took the top spot for hardware sale, both in terms of units sold and dollars generated. Switch was the only console to perform better this January than in 2018.
Every month the NPD Group highlights some of the top-selling video game software and hardware in the United States. Now that 2018 is in the rear view mirror they’ve crunched the numbers on the total revenue generated by the video game industry in the United States throughout the year. As it turns out, 2018 was both a record-setting year and a major milestone year for the video game industry.
Between hardware, software, and peripherals, the US video game industry generated an incredible $43.4 billion last year, up 17% from the year before. This is a new record, but that impressive figure extends beyond just video games in terms of its relevance. As it turns out, $43.4 billion is the same amount generated by the US film industry in 2018. In other words, the video game market is now just as profitable as the movie market.
Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man has been a huge success for Marvel and Sony. The web-slinging adventure sold over 3.3 million copies in its first three days, making it the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive to date, even beating out God of War. According to the latest numbers from the NPD Group, it now has another record under its belt after three months.
According to NPD’s Mat Piscatella, Spider-Man is now the fastest-selling superhero game ever for the United States. Spider-Man‘s outstanding quality allowed it to be a record-breaker despite having its audience limited to just PlayStation 4 owners. This opens the door to more big-budget superhero games going forward, and executives from Marvel and Insomniac see it as the “Iron Man” of Marvel video games, kicking off a whole new era.
The NPD Group has just released its report for the month of July, providing us with details on video game software and hardware sales numbers in the United States. Summer is typically a slower time in game sales, but revenue is up 14% overall for July compared to last year. Leading the charge at number one on the software charts is none other than Octopath Traveler.
We don’t have exact sales figures at this time, but the Nintendo Switch exclusive JRPG topped the charts just based on its retail sales alone. Nintendo doesn’t provide digital sales figures to the NPD Group, but it didn’t need them to outsell every other game in July. The top ten list includes five Nintendo Switch exclusives, and as a result, Switch was also the top-selling hardware for the month.
Nintendo leads all publishers in software revenue for 2018 in general, and that number is up 70% over last year. Microsoft and Sony aren’t exactly struggling themselves though, as Xbox revenue is up 50% and PlayStation 4 is still the highest-selling console of the year with strong software sales alongside it.
The NPD Group published their gaming sales report for the month of June recently, and it was full of surprising information. Mario Tennis Aces and the NES Classic topped the software and hardware charts respectively, with Santa Monica Studio’s God of War taking second in the software charts. The game is still selling surprisingly well for a game that released over three months ago, with Sony claiming earlier this year that the title was the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive to date.
However, according to the NPD’s latest report, Sony’s seemingly boastful statement was actually quite modest. The report states that God of War is not only the fastest selling PS4 exclusive, it is actually the fastest-selling PlayStation exclusive in general since the group started tracking in 1995! The game dethroned the PlayStation 3’s The Last of Us.
According to NPD’s Mat Piscatella, the story of Kratos and his son won’t be losing steam anytime soon. Speaking with IGN, he stated that he currently believes that God of War will finish as the eighth best-selling game in the US in 2018, possibly higher if there are many more strong performances like June’s.
What do you guys think? Are you glad that God of War is garnering such outstanding sales numbers? Let us know in the comments!
Nintendo Switch had an incredibly successful first year on the market, but it’s not without stiff competition. Sony and Microsoft are both enjoying strong sales this generation as well, and PlayStation 4 in particular has been a juggernaut. Sony’s console leads all hardware in units sold and profits generated through the first six months of 2018, but at least one analyst thinks that will change by year’s end.
The NPD Group tracks software and hardware sales in the US and releases data each month, and Mat Piscatella often gives his thoughts on past data and predictions for the future. Back in January he predicted that Switch would be 2018’s top-selling hardware. With Sony on top at the halfway point, Piscatella has doubled down on his prediction that Switch will win out in the end.
“Driven by the launches of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling console of the fourth quarter in unit sales, while also elevating the platform to be the best-selling console of the year.” — Mat Piscatella
Piscatella believes the dual threat of Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. will lead Nintendo to a strong enough holiday season that they’ll make up the distance between Switch sales and PlayStation 4 sales. Nintendo’s really bringing out the big guns for Christmas. Will it be enough to make Switch number one?
The NPD Group has released its report for the month of February, 2018, highlighting hardware and software sales data in the United States. February typically isn’t a very exciting month in the video game industry, as few major games are typically released and profits are typically lower, but this report contained one impressive stat for Nintendo. After one year on the market, Nintendo Switch is officially selling at a record-setting pace!
You may remember that back in January Nintendo of America issued a PR statement declaring that Nintendo Switch was the fastest-selling console in US history. It’s been a little over two months since then, and it’s been one year since Nintendo Switch hit the market, and the NPD Group is now officially backing Nintendo’s claim.
“Nintendo Switch remains on a record-setting sales pace. Over the first twelve months in market, Nintendo Switch has achieved the highest installed base for a console platform in history.” — NPD analyst Mat Piscatella
We still don’t have exact sales numbers for Nintendo Switch in the United States, but we do have some rough estimates from Nintendo. Their most recent Consolidated Financial Highlights (covering sales through December 1st, 2017) noted that Nintendo Switch had sold 5.94 million units in “The Americas.” Switch has had more than two months since then to tack on extra sales, but of course not all of those sales are from the United States. The fact that Nintendo hasn’t officially announced that they’ve passed the 5 million milestone in the US might suggest it hasn’t yet happened, but that’s just conjecture.
The NPD Group recently released its report for the month of November, 2016, highlighting hardware and software sales data in the United States. As we previously reported, Pokémon Sun and Moon (when counted as one game, as they usually are) were the top-selling software item in the country last month. According to the NPD Group, this surge in Pokémon sales helped Nintendo break a personal record. More physical 3DS games were purchased in the US last month than in any previous month in the system’s history, beating out December 2014 by just 1%. Thanks, Pokémon GO hype!
The NPD Group has released its report for the month of November, highlighting hardware and software sales data in the United States. The report also included a brief mention of Nintendo’s plug-and-play NES Classic Edition console. According to the NPD Group’s numbers, the stocking stuffer sold 196,000 units for the month.
While that may seem like an impressive number, it easily could have been much higher if it wasn’t constantly understocked at retailers across the country. By comparison, the Nintendo Classic Famicom (the Japanese equivalent of the NES Classic Edition) sold over 260,000 units in its first four days on the market. Hopefully Nintendo reacts to the huge demand by increasing their supply.
Earlier this month the NPD Group announced that PlayStation 4 was the top-selling hardware in the US in November, and now they’ve released their software report as well. Thanks to a strong start fueled by Pokémon GO hype, Pokémon Sun and Moon were the top-selling games of the month if you combine their sales. If you count them as individual titles, they still took third and fourth place respectively, and that’s without including digital sales, as Nintendo chose not to provide those numbers.
The highest-selling individual game was Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Battlefield 1 followed at number two. Despite its somewhat underwhelming debut, Titanfall 2 rounded out the top five. You can check out the full list below.
PlayStation 4 holds a massive sales lead over Xbox One, but Microsoft has been fighting back, and Xbox One topped the US charts for four consecutive months after the launch of Xbox One S. Sony fired back with their own new hardware, the new and improved PlayStation 4 Pro, and it provided the sales boost necessary to put PlayStation 4 back on top. Both companies declined to give any concrete numbers, but the NPD Group has confirmed that Sony is once again top dog in the US, and just in time for the holiday season.
The NPD Group has released their sales report for the month of October, highlighting software and hardware data in the US, including Xbox One’s fourth straight month as the top-selling home console. In software, Battlefield 1 was the big winner despite launching late in the month, and a record-breaking beta is likely to thank for the game’s strong start. Mafia III and Gears of War 4 also made the top five, while Civilization VI and Titanfall 2 checked in at eighth and ninth place, respectively. Grand Theft Auto V, a staple in the top ten for years, did not make last month’s top ten.
Gears of War 4*
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
Madden NFL 17
* Does not include digital sales.
**Does not include EA Origin sales on PC.
PlayStation 4 topped the US hardware charts for eight consecutive months stretching back to last year, but Microsoft is fighting back hard in recent months. The NPD Group has released their sales report for the month of October, revealing that Xbox One has now outsold PlayStation 4 for the fourth consecutive month. Xbox One sales were up 8% for the month over last year’s numbers, thanks largely to strong sales of Xbox One S. Microsoft heads into the holiday season with plenty of momentum, but November’s NPD report will include PlayStation 4 Pro sales, so Sony has a chance to reclaim their top spot.
PlayStation 4 topped the US hardware charts for eight consecutive months stretching back to last year, but Microsoft is fighting back. The NPD Group has released part of their report for the month of September, and it shows that Xbox One was the month’s top-selling console. This is the third consecutive month that Xbox One has topped PlayStation 4, largely thanks to the newer, slimmer Xbox One S model and some attractive bundles. Microsoft also noted that Xbox One was the top-selling console in the UK, as well, and that it showed year-on-year growth in the US, the UK, and Australia.
The NPD Group has released its report for the month of August, highlighting hardware and software sales figures for the United States, including the fact that Xbox One outsold PlayStation 4 again last month. The NPD report also shows strong software sales for the month, as console software revenue was up 8% over last year, and PC software revenue were up 18%.
No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (the second and third highest-selling games of the month) were the largest factors in the improved sales figures, while Madden‘s numbers actually dipped 3% over last year. Even so, Madden was once again August’s top game. You can check out the top ten below.
The NPD Group has released its full report for the past month, highlighting hardware and software sales data in the US during July. With few major titles releasing during July, the software charts were dominated by evergreen titles. Grand Theft Auto V, which made its debut in 2013, was the number one game in the US for the month, and Monster Hunter Generations was the only July release to crack the top ten.
The immensely popular Overwatch is listed at number two, but the NPD Group does not have access to Battle.net sales, so it could potentially be the true champion. NPD’s report includes new games sold at U.S. retailers and digital full-game sales for participating retailers through PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam. You can check out the rankings below.
Grand Theft Auto V
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Monster Hunter: Generations **
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Destiny: The Taken King
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
*Battle.net sales not included in Overwatch results.
**No digital sales for this title.
The NPD group will be publishing their full video game sales report for July later today, but Nintendo just put out a response detailing the victory of the Nintendo 3DS in hardware and software sales. According to the response, the Nintendo 3DS sold 80% better in July of this year than in 2015 and earned the top spot as #1 platform for the month.
Monster Hunter Generations also became the best selling game for any system last month, and Pokémon games saw a major boost over their performance last year, likely thanks to the influence of Pokémon GO. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire saw an 80% increase in sales, while X and Y sold 200% better than July 2015. As a final success, five of the top eleven games were for Nintendo platforms during July.
– The Nintendo 3DS family of systems sold nearly 80 percent more units this July compared to the same time period a year ago, and finished as the overall best-selling video game system in July. On the software side, Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations emerged as the best-selling game for any system.
– July sales of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games for Nintendo 3DS were over 80 percent higher than July 2015. The games launched in November 2014.
– July sales of the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games for Nintendo 3DS were almost 200 percent higher than a year ago. The games launched in October 2013 and finished No. 16 and No. 22 on July’s best-sellers list, respectively.
– Games playable on Nintendo systems claimed five of the top 11 spots on the July best-sellers list. These include Monster Hunter Generations from Capcom at No. 1, Minecraft: Wii U Edition from Microsoft at No. 6, Pokémon Omega Ruby at No. 8, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire at No. 10 and Kirby: Planet Robobot at No. 11.
– The Nintendo 2DS system has crossed the 2 million lifetime sales mark in the U.S.
*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.
Do you already have a 3DS and these games, or did Pokemon GO convince you to buy some of them? Let us know in the comments!
Original: PlayStation 4 has been the top-selling video game hardware in the United Sates for eight consecutive months, but that impressive streak is over. The NPD Group has released the first part of their sales report for the month of July, and Microsoft is the big winner. For the first time since October of last year, Xbox One outsold PlayStation and 3DS to top the hardware charts.
This uptick in sales was likely sparked by a recent price cut, and sales should continue to improve in August thanks to the launch of the new and improved Xbox One S model. Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols provided Venture Beat with the following statement regarding the NPD report:
“We’re honored that Xbox One was the best-selling console in the U.S. in July, and that total gaming hours on Xbox consoles globally were up 18 percent over last year, reaching 1.55 billion hours.” — Mike Nichols
The NPD will release software sales information (and more details on hardware sales) at a later date.
The NPD Group has released part of its report for the month of June, highlighting hardware sales in the United States. Unsurprisingly, PlayStation 4 is once again the top-selling piece of hardware. Sony’s console is selling at a record-breaking pace, and it’s been number one in the United States every single month since November of last year.
Typically, the NPD Group also releases software sales data in their report, but they are changing how they track numbers, so that information will be released on July 21st. From that report onward, the NPD Group will be including digital sales numbers from a handful of publishers that have agreed to disclose their data.
Every month the NPD (National Purchase Diary) Group releases a sales report that highlights the top-selling hardware and software in the United States, but their reports are becoming an increasingly less accurate picture of the overall market. This is because the NPD Group only tracks retail sales, and digital sales are on the rise. This practice has led the Entertainment Software Association to criticize the NPD Group, and it looks like those complaints have been heard.
The NPD Group has announced that they will begin including digital sales from a selection of popular publishers in their future reports, beginning with the June sales report that will be released on July 21st. At this time, eight publishers have opted to provide the NPD Group with monthly sales information, but hopefully more will follow in the future. The current list includes:
Take Two Interactive
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
The sales data provided to the NPD Group will be from the PlayStation Store and the Xbox Games Store. PC sales will be listed separately and will include digital sales through Steam and retail sales. Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft will not be providing sales data for their first-party games at this time, and digital sales will not be provided from some certain sources, including Uplay platform, Origin platform, Battle.net, and the Nintendo eShop. As such, digital sales information will still be very incomplete, but it’s a step in the right direction.