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Update: As expected, Nintendo has responded to this month’s NPD report – specifically Switch and Zelda sales. See their comments here.

Original: Preliminary data is beginning to be reported for March 2017. In the United States, we’re hearing that Switch was the top-selling platform, beating out the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The system sold over 500,000 units in North America during its first week alone.

Nintendo previously confirmed that Switch experienced the best first 2-day sales in the Americas for any system in its history. Records were outpacing the Wii, and continued to be broken.

Nintendo may have more to say about Switch’s sales within the next week.


Following up on yesterday’s NPD report, a pair of charts have been published showing which games sold the best in the United States last month. We have a look at the results for both Wii U and 3DS below. 

Wii U

  1. Super Smash Bros.
  2. Paper Mario: Color Splash
  3. Minecraft
  4. Yoshi’s Wooly World
  5. Super Mario Maker
  6. Pokken Tournament
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U
  8. Splatoon
  9. Super Mario 3D World
  10. Mario Kart 8


  1. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
  2. Pokémon Sun
  3. Pokémon Moon
  4. Super Mario Maker
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Mario Kart 7
  7. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  8. Pokémon Omega Ruby
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  10. Mario Party: Star Rush


No Wii U or 3DS games made the list from NPD’s February 2017 sales chart. Still, we have good news to report on the Nintendo side overall.

3DS unit sales saw a 77 percent jump month-over-month in the United States. The Galaxy Style and Pikchu New 3DS XL designs were cited as catalysts.


The NPD report for January is in. No Nintendo titles were present in the top ten, but we do still have some news about sales in the United States last month.

NPD reports that the NES Classic Edition outsold Wii U, making it the third best-selling console of the month. Perhaps unsurprisingly at the month, the hardware managed to outsell Wii U.


In November, the NES Classic Edition sold 196,000 units in the United States. The hardware had another strong month in December. According to the NPD, NES Classic Edition sales rose by 14 percent. That puts it at just over 223,000 units sold.

Sales should tail off this month if only due to a lack of availability. Hopefully Nintendo manages to get more stock out in the near future.


NPD Group has released a listing of the top ten best-selling games in the U.S. for the month of December 2016. The results can be found below.


Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon have sold over four million copies in the United States, Nintendo announced today. The two specifically stand at 4.5 million since launching in late November. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon were also the second and third best-selling games during the month of December as reported by NPD.

Nintendo also said today that the last quarter of 2016 was the “best-selling quarter for software in Nintendo 3DS history”. 7.3 million copies of first-party Nintendo games were sold during that period. For the seventh month in a row, sales grew year-over-year thanks to the likes of Pokemon, Super Mario Maker, and evergreen titles such as Mario Kart 7.


The November 2016 NPD report brought lots of good news for Nintendo. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon were the big winners for Nintendo, with the two games marking the biggest debut in franchise history. The NES Classic Edition also sold nearly 200,000 units in its first month in the United States.

NPD group’s Mat Piscatella has also now revealed that 3DS experienced its highest monthly physical software spend in the history of the platform. That’s incredible to think about, given how the 3DS has been around for well over five years.


The success of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon has been well-documented, including in the United States. With the November NPD report now having been published, the two games are confirmed as having the strongest launch in the history of the franchise. NPD analyst Sam Naji said today that the two games sold 8 percent more units than Pokemon Black/White, the previous record holders. That’s despite the fact that Sun/Moon had 19 fewer days on the market.

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon also boosted 3DS as a whole. “Unit sales of 3DS hardware grew 59 percent versus November a year ago, the sixth straight month of year-on-year growth,” Naji said.


NPD Group has released a listing of the top ten best-selling games in the U.S. for the month of November 2016. The results can be found below.

1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
2. Battlefield 1
3. Pokémon Sun*
4. Pokémon Moon*
5. Titanfall 2
6. NBA 2K17
7. Madden NFL 17
8. Watch Dogs 2
9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
10. FIFA 17

*No digital sales counted for this game.


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