NPD: March 2018 - Top software, plus industry-wide figures and other sales details

Top 20 software

1. Far Cry 5
2. Sea Of Thieves
3. MLB 18: The Show
4. Kirby Star Allies*
5. Grand Theft Auto V
6. Call of Duty: WWII
7. Mario Kart 8*
8. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
9. NBA 2K18
20. Monster Hunter: World
11. Super Mario Odyssey*
12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
13. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds**
14. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
15. A Way Out**
16. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
17. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
18. FIFA 18**
19. Splatoon 2*
20. UFC 3

*No digital sales included

- Total: $1.316 billion (down 11 percent from $1.478 billion in March 2017)
- Hardware: $331 million (down 32 percent from $485 million)
- PC and console software: $613 million (down 10 percent from $682 million)
- Accessories: $372 million (up 20 percent from $310 million)

2018 compared to 2017

- Total: $3.41 billion (up 15 percent from $2.98 billion in 2017 year to date)
- Hardware: $925 million (up 13 percent from $817 million)
- PC and console software: $1.53 billion (up 8 percent from $1.42 billion)
- Accessories: $956 million (up 29 percent from $740 million)

Nintendo Switch (physical only)

1. Kirby Star Allies
2. Mario Kart 8
3. Super Mario Odyssey
4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
5. Splatoon 2
6. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
7. Pokken Tournament DX
8. Bayonetta 2
9. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
10. ARMS

Nintendo 3DS

1. Detective Pikachu
2. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
3. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Super Smash Bros.
6. Minecraft
7. Super Mario Maker
8. Super Mario 3D Land
9. Kirby: Battle Royale
10. Mario Party: The Top 100

The best-selling games of 2018 so far

1. Far Cry 5
2. Monster Hunter: World
3. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
4. Call of Duty: WWII
5. Grand Theft Auto V
6. NBA 2K18
7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds**
8. Sea Of Thieves
9. MLB 18: The Show
10. Mario Kart 8*

The best-selling games over the last 12 months

1. Call of Duty: WWII
2. NBA 2K18
3. Destiny 2**
4. Madden NFL 18
5. Super Mario Odyssey*
6. Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017**
7. Grand Theft Auto V
8. Mario Kart 8*
9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

Compared to March 2017, consumers spent less on hardware last month — $331 million, down 32 percent from $485 million. But year to date, hardware-spending is at a high, generating $925 million so far in 2018. This was driven mainly by Microsoft’s Xbox One, though Sony’s PlayStation 4 remains the best-selling console in March and 2018. The Nintendo Switch 32GB with red and blue Joycon controllers was the best-selling hardware in March and 2018.

Tags: 3ds, switch


Tue Apr 24 18 06:37pm
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I can't believe Sea of Thieves did that well. It was free to those with an Xbox Game Pass. However I do not believe in digital and did not do that. Also the wording doesn't make sense, Switch was best selling hardware but PS4 was best selling system? Do they mean by individual sku for the Red and Blue Switch?

On a final note a little concerning all but two Best selling Switch games are published by Nintendo. Are third parties selling that bad, or do Nintendo games just sell that well?

Tue Apr 24 18 06:40pm
Rating: 1

I was a bit confused by that wording as well, but I believe you're right. They're talking about SKU.

That top ten list was just for March. I can't think of any other physical third party games that would outsell these games honestly.

RMC will most likely make a story about it soon but:

"Kirby Star Allies has had the strongest debut month of sales in the U.S. in the franchises’ history, according to The NPD Group. The Switch side-scroller had a 90 percent better debut month than 2002’s Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland, which last held that distinction"

Thats great. Many people were down on this Kirby game and I'm glad its doing great.

Once again, NPD Proves that only Nintendo Software really succeeds on Nintendo Hardware

I don't know; we see stories often about games from smaller studios selling way more on Switch than they did on other platforms.

I wish Bayonetta was higher on the list, but at least it's there. What else from that time do you think should be up there?

Tue Apr 24 18 09:08pm
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We had multiple success stories from indie devs saying their Switch ports do much much better than any other platform.... In Japan third party games have been outselling the PS4 versions like DBZ Xenoverse...etc etc etc

I’m happily surprised to see ARMS still hanging in at #10 in the Switch chart. Everyone’s always proclaiming that game dead, but I still love playing it now and then. I’m guessing the Testpunch last month actually got some new players into it which is great to hear!

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