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Nintendo has put out a response to this month’s NPD report, of which should be published in full later today.

The company has now officially confirmed that the 3DS was the top platform in the United States last month in terms of both hardware and software. Monster Hunter Generations, continued momentum from the 2DS price drop, and the positive public reaction to Pokemon GO were all contributing factors.

Nintendo also highlighted the following in its statement:

Aquamarine has shared more sales data from the July 2016 NPD report. This time around, we have some specifics about software in the United States.

As previously mentioned, Minecraft was one of the top sellers with more than 175,000 copies sold at retail. Monster Hunter Generations, which debuted during the month, sold over 165,000 units. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were also said to be best-sellers, though data is unavailable for each. However, the two Pokemon titles were apparently right behind Monster Hunter Generations.

Finally, we do know that a couple of Nintendo-published titles sold less than 50,000 copies in their second months. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE sold much less than 35,000 units. Kirby: Planet Robobot also lacked strong sales in its second month, having sold less than 50,000 copies.


NPD will be publishing its full report next week. When that’s made available, the top 10 best-selling games in the United States during the month of July will be revealed. Until then though, we have a few random bits of data that have been shared early.

The big thing we’re hearing is that the 3DS was the best-selling overall system. The likes of Pokemon GO and Monster Hunter Generations should have played a big role here. Unfortunately, the Wii U didn’t nearly as well (to be expected at this point) with just 24,900 units sold for a 45.7 percent drop year-over-year.

As for software, the one piece of information we have is that Minecraft was the top-selling game in July. The physical version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition should have factored into that, at least slightly.



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

1. Overwatch
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. Doom 2016*
5. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
6. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End*
7. NBA 2K16
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
9. Destiny: The Taken King
10. Minecraft*

Note: for the first time, NPD is starting to include digital sales in its reports. Games marked with the asterisk do not include digital sales. Also keep in mind that NPD’s format has changed – this is a revenue ranking rather than unit rankings.


The May 2016 NPD report was issued earlier today. Unfortunately, there were no Nintendo titles in the top 10 – be it first-party or third-party. However, that hasn’t stopped the big N from issuing a statement pointing to success in other areas.

There’s big news for 3DS, as the system “recently passed 60 million units worldwide”. Nintendo also highlighted the success of 2DS in the United States following the price drop to $80.

May was a milestone month for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Having recently passed 60 million units worldwide, the current generation’s top-selling dedicated gaming platform welcomed an entirely new audience with a lower suggested price of $79.99 for the Nintendo 2DS system. This big value has already shown big results. According to the NPD Group, which tracks U.S. video game sales, in May the system saw a 38 percent sales boost over April and a 148 percent increase year-on-year – all after just one week at the new price.

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

1. Dark Souls III (PS4, Xbox One)
2. Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
3. MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
4. Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
5. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
6. Minecraft (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3)
7. Quantum Break (Xbox One)
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
9. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
10. Star Fox: Zero (Wii U)

Note: see this post for some insight into the individual chart (which doesn’t combine platforms). Star Fox Zero is higher there, and Bravely Second also makes that list.


We’ll have NPD’s official list of the top ten best-selling games in the U.S. for the month of April in a bit. However, some preliminary information has arrived just a tad early.

GamesBeat reports that Star Fox Zero and Bravely Second were among April’s best-sellers. The two came in at the fifth and ninth spots respectively on the individual chart. This is different from NPD’s overall top 10 (we’ll have that shortly), which combines platforms and other items such as special editions. In that list though, Star Fox Zero does appear at the tenth spot.


Earlier this evening, the NPD Group issued the monthly U.S. chart for game sales in March. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Pokken Tournament both made the list, coming in at the third and seventh positions respectively. But how much did each game sell?

Based on the usual leaks, it looks like Twilight Princess HD sold about 308,000 copies. Pokken Tournament also did quite well with roughly 251,000 units moved.

We have some data on the 3DS side of things as well. Hyrule Warriors Legends is said to have sold about 72,000 copies. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which also launched last month, sold 25,000 copies or so.


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

1. Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
2. Far Cry: Primal (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U)
4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
5. UFC 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
6. MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
7. Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
8. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PSe)
9. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
10. Minecraft (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3)

No numbers at the moment for Zelda: Twilight Princess HD or Pokken Tournament. We’ll let you know if we hear about specific data.


We have a few more bits of information regarding Fire Emblem Fates’ debut sales in the United States, along with data for a crossover 3DS title.

Nintendo confirmed earlier today that Fates sold close to 400,000 copies between Birthright and Conquest in February, with digital sales included. NPD leaker creamsugar puts the games at a combined 315,000 units sold – less than Nintendo’s amount since eShop sales aren’t accounted for here. Birthright sold the most with 44 percent (roughly 138,600), followed by Conquest at 41 percent (roughly 129,150) and the special edition at 15 percent (roughly 47,250).

Moving on, debut sales are in for Project X Zone 2. The game sold 18,000 copies in the United States last month – not counting any eShop sales.

Note that Fire Emblem Fates and Project X Zone 2 did not have a full month of sales since they launched during the middle of February. NPD’s February reporting period ended on February 27.

Thanks to Brian for the tip.


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