NPD - Top 20 software sales for 2018, plus industry-wide statistics

Time to take a look at how the game industry did in the United States for 2018. Let's break down the top 20 software sales for last year, as well as some other data.

Top 20 best-selling games of 2018

1. Red Dead Redemption 2
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
3. NBA 2K19
4. Madden NFL 19
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
6. Marvel’s Spider-Man
7. Far Cry 5
8. God of War 2018
9. Monster Hunter: World
10. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
11. Grand Theft Auto V
12. Mario Kart 8*
13. FIFA 19**
14. Battlefield V**
15. Super Mario Odyssey*
16. Call of Duty: WWII**
17. Dragon Ball: FighterZ
18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
19. Super Mario Party*
20. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*

*Does not include digital sales
**Does not include PC digital sales

Games industry in 2018

- revenue hit $43.4 billion
- this up 17 percent from 2017’s $36.9 billion, and is a record year for the industry
- software sales made up $35.8 billion of that 2018 total
- hardware and peripherals earned $7.5 billion

Tags: eshop, switch


Wow, good on you Super Mario Party.
Also I feel bad, I remember when Mon Hun World was #1 for months. Still impressive its in the top 10. Gen Ultimate on the other hand....

I wonder how much higher Pokemon would be with the sales of Eevee added. I don't doubt it would be impressive.

Smash outselling Spiderman is crazy (even if was a close margin). The difference in install base alone, added with the three month head start that Spiderman got, not many big games on PS4 last year, hype from the Spiderman movie, high quality dev, etc. I’d say it’s a bigger deal that it outsold GOW (my personal GOTY). 8 month head start, addition of New Game+, high accolades, etc. Wow!


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