NPD March 2019 - Switch #1 hardware, top 20 software sales, and more

Switch #1 again!

The NPD data for March 2019 is in! Check out all the details below, including overall industry numbers, top software for the month, and more.

- Total: $1.179 billion (Down 11% from $1.325 billion in March 2018)
- Hardware: $282 million (Down 15% from $331 million)
- PC and console software: $547 million (Down 11% compared to 617 million)
- Accessories: $349 million (Down 7% from $377 million)
- Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of both March as well as the first quarter across both unit and dollar sales
- controllers were the best-selling accessory type for the month

Top 20 best selling titles (March 2019) - Includes Physical and Digital sales

1. Tom Clancy's The Division 2^
2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
3. MLB 19: The Show
4. Devil May Cry 5
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
6. Red Dead Redemption II
7. NBA 2K19
8. Grand Theft Auto V
9. Yoshi's Crafted World*
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
11. Anthem^
12. Mario Kart 8*
13. Jump Force
14. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
15. Far Cry New Dawn
16. Minecraft#
17. Battlefield V^
18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
19. Borderlands
20. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included
# Minecraft digital sales on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One included

Top 10 best selling titles (Year to Date 2019)

1. Kingdom Hearts III
2. Tom Clancy's The Division 2^
3. Anthem^
4. Resident Evil 2 2019
5. Red Dead Redemption II
6. Jump Force
7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
9. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*

Top 10 Switch titles (March 2019)

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
2. Yoshi's Crafted World*
3. Mario Kart 8*
4. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
6. Super Mario Party*
7. Super Mario Odyssey*
8. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
9. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
10. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Top 10 3DS titles (March 2019)

Nintendo removes Wii, WiiWare, DS, and DSiWare games from their website, Wii U page removed as well

End of an era

Nintendo has done a bit of housecleaning on their official website. If you're looking for listings on Wii, WiiWare, DS, and DSiWare games, you'll have to look elsewhere. Nintendo has removed all pages for those games. On top of that, Nintendo has taken down the info page for the Wii U as well. I guess Nintendo had to make some room for all the recent Switch games!

Nintendo launches Nintendo Online Store in Hong Kong

The new, official home for digital content in Hong Kong

Nintendo has launched an official Nintendo Online Store for those in Hong Kong. This new website takes the place of the Nintendo page on WhatsMall that offered eShop codes. The official page offers download codes and DLC codes for both Switch and 3DS titles.

Super Mario Land mod adds in color

A fresh coat of paint

Super Mario Land was the first game on Game Boy that tried to bring the Mario experience to the portable side of things. The result was an extremely unique, weird, and flat-out fun Mario experience. Now all these years later, modders have added color to the wacky world. It really does make the game come to life in a whole new way!

Thanks to cm30 for the heads up!

Free software released that allows you to create your own Game Boy games

The perfect way to celebrate the Game Boy's 30th anniversary!

Ever wanted to create your own Game Boy game? Don't have any programming experience? The solution you need is now available for free! GB Studio lets you create a Game Boy game without any prior knowledge of programming! The software is aimed at 2D adventure games, and it's a tad limited in scope, but you can still make a fully-fleshed out experience. Best of all, you can even play your final creation on a real Game Boy!

Learn more about the project here

Famitsu readers choose their top 3 Heisei Era games

Three games you can't go wrong with

Japan is moving into the Reiwa period on May 1st, 2019, which means the Heisei period is coming to a close. With the Heisei period running from January 8th, 1989 to April 30th, 2019, Famitsu asked their readers to vote on the most memorable Heisei period games. The top 3 titles can be found below.

#3 NieR: Automata (205 Votes) – By Square Enix, released on February 23, 2017 (Heisei 29) for the PlayStation 4.

Comments from readers on NieR: Automata:

“No game has ever moved me as much.” (Male, teens)
“This game made me understand feelings that can’t be described by words.” (Female, 20s)

#2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (209 Votes) – By Nintendo, released on March 3, 2017 (Heisei 29) for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

Comments from readers on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

“It felt as if I were living in this land called Hyrule.” (Male, 20s)
“The wonders of being able to go as far as the eyes can see.” (Female, 50s)

#1 Chrono Trigger (230 Votes) – By Square Enix (Then Square), released on March 11, 1995 (Heisei 7) for the Super Famicom

Comments from readers on Chrono Trigger:

“It’s a masterpiece with everything from story, scenario, and music that has yet to fade.” (Male, 30s)
“Going on an adventure beyond time with Crono (protagonist) and the others is a memory that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.” (Female, 30s)

Shakedown Hawaii 'Optimal Transformation' soundtrack sample shared, release date info coming this week

Release info is coming!

Along with the latest soundtrack sample above, Vblank has confirmed that the news we've all been waiting for will be announced this week. That has to be a tease for the game's release date, so it looks like we'll finally learn what's going on with the game sometime before this week closes out!

Inazuma Eleven Ares anime - English opening theme

Take it to the top

Inazuma Eleven Ares has been airing on Disney XD for a couple weeks now. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but I certainly hope its had a warm welcome. In the video above, you can check out the new English intro theme for the series. Sounds like your standard anime theme to me!

Chrono Trigger Original Soundtrack Revival Disc slated for launch in Japan

I'm Chrono Triggered

Square-Enix has announced their Chrono Trigger Original Soundtrack Revival Disc, which is set to launch on July 10th, 2019 in Japan. Once again, Square-Enix Revival Disc series includes the game's original soundtrack, as well as video footage to go along with it, all packed onto a Blu-Ray disc. This release is priced at 5,000 Yen, and includes over 60 tracks. A download code for a digital version of the soundtrack is included as well.

Nintendo Dream Magazine - Favorite Characters Poll for June 2019

Kirby...it's always Kirby. No other character can seem to knock Kirby from the top spot! He takes June 2019, with the second place character coming in at an over 70 point difference.

Kirby (Kirby) - 198
Link (The Legend of Zelda) - 123
Mario (Super Mario) - 96
Pikachu (Pokémon)
Luigi (Super Mario)
Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
Meta Knight (Kirby)
Yoshi (Super Mario)
Inkling (Splatoon)
Eevee (Pokémon)
Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
Ike (Fire Emblem)
Ness (Mother)
Chrom (Fire Emblem)
King Dedede (Kirby)
Fox (Star Fox)
Corrin (Fire Emblem)