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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.


This month’s NPD report is in, and it brings along some impressive news for the NES Classic Edition. In the United States last month, the hardware sold 196,000 units.

The NES Classic Edition would have undoubtedly sold more had more stock been put on store shelves. Nintendo has had a difficult time keeping up with demand, but has promised to ship more units leading into 2017.


Two Nintendo-published games debuted in the United States last month: Paper Mario: Color Splash and Disney Magical World 2. We now have sales data for both. Paper Mario’s new entry sold about 100,000 units while the 3DS game is estimated to have sold in the neighborhood of 10,000 copies.

Data is also in for other 3DS titles. Yo-kai Watch 2, which shipped in September, sold under 50,000 units. Dragon Quest VII also came out last month and unfortunately appears to have poor legs. It was outsold by the likes of Pokemon X/Y, Smash Bros., and Pokken Tournament at retail.

Lastly, we can say that Skylanders Imaginators sold 66,000 units while Just Dance 2017 moved under 30,000 copies.


The October 2016 report is now fully available, but it’s pretty quiet on the Nintendo front. No Wii U or 3DS titles were among the top ten best-selling games of the month.

On the bright side, the 3DS itself saw another uptick in the United States. Analyst Sam Naji says the handheld saw its fifth straight month of year-on-year growth. Pokemon and Monster Hunter Generations are thought to have been two catalysts.

Naji said:

“The 3DS experienced its fifth straight month of year-on-year growth. Both unit sales and consumer spending for October grew 12 percent as average pricing was flat year on year. It is likely that continued consumer interest in the Pokémon franchise and Monster Hunter: Generations has driven this growth.”


NPD’s preliminary report for September 2016 sales in the United States is starting to make the rounds. AstronautClaire, who has access to the data, was kind enough to share some early information.

Yo-kai Watch 2 was one of Nintendo’s big releases last month. It launched in two versions at the very end of September: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. Between September 30 and October 1, the game sold about 35,000 copies. It’s somewhat tough to comment on Yo-kai Watch 2’s performance thus far given that we have just a couple of days worth of data. However, it is worth noting that Leo Burnett’s Yo-kai Watch 2 commercials have aired 803 times across Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, so quite a bit of money is being spent on advertising.

On Thursday, NPD released a chart for the top ten best-selling games in the United States during August. Nintendo has since commented on its own performance.

According to Nintendo, the “excitement for the Pokemon brand” led to a big increase in sales of its handheld line. The 2DS experienced a 500 percent bump in 2DS sales year-over-year while 3DS hardware also rose by 83 percent.

With software, physical and digital first-party 3DS sales increased by 57 percent. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire were both on the software charts.

Nintendo also shared some positive news about Wii U. Software sales on the console were up 30 percent in the U.S. last month.


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

1. Madden NFL 17
2. No Man’s Sky
3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
4. Grand Theft Auto V
5. Overwatch
6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
8. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
9. Minecraft
10. Destiny: The Taken King


According to the NPD Group, spending on gaming-related accessories – including toys-to-life figures – is experiencing a five percent dip year-over-year. That amount came in at $117.1 million last month in the United States. While sales of amiibo and Skylanders have fallen, LEGO Dimensions is up, as is Disney Infinity.

NPD analyst Sam Naji says there was “a 34 percentage point shift in dollar share” from Skylanders and amiibo to Disney Infinity and LEGO Dimensions. “Although total spend for interactive gaming toys declined by 3 percent compared to last year, consumers spent an additional 55 percent on Disney Infinity accessories and $3 million on Lego Dimensions, which launched in September 2015,” Naji said.

Disney Infinity’s bump can almost certainly be distributed to retailer discounts on toys following the cancellation of the series. With amiibo, new releases have slowed, though things may pick up when the new Mario line launches in November.


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

1. Grand Theft Auto V
2. Overwatch
3. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. Monster Hunter: Generations **
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
6. Minecraft **
7. NBA 2K16
8. Doom 2016 **
9. Destiny: The Taken King
10. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

Note: Games marked with ** designate no digital sales.


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