August NPD Sales Results: Nintendo Switch #1 Selling; GTA V Breaks Records

NPD has reported its results for the month of August and for the most part it’s about what we expected. As usual for that month, the debut of Madden took the top spot in sales. The crazy thing is that Grand Theft Auto V continues to chart, and last month it came in at #2! Keep in mind this game has been on the market for 49 months and has made 41 top 10 appearances. That’s 16 more times than any other title and it’s now the all-time best-selling game by revenue and units. We wonder what would happen if it came to the Switch?

Speaking of the Nintendo Switch, it was once again the top selling console for the month. That means for 4 of the past 6 months on the market the Switch has been the best selling system in North America. The other two months went to the PlayStation 4, and for the year the PS4 still leads in sales.

Total video game sales were down 2% when compared to last year. Every category was down except accessories, which saw a 10% boost thanks to sales of Xbox One S controllers, headsets, and Switch Pro Controllers.

As for trends, the shooter category has declined and the racing genre has seen tremendous growth (80% higher in 2017 versus 2016). Games like Forza Horizon 3 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have contributed heavily to these sales and we expect Forza Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport to help propel racing games even higher.

The Top 20 best selling games for August 2017 were:


Madden NFL 181Electronic Arts
Grand Theft Auto V2Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy3Sony (Corp)
Splatoon 24Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild5Nintendo
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege6Ubisoft
Mario Kart 87Nintendo
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered8Activision Blizzard (Corp)
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy9Activision Blizzard (Corp)
Overwatch10Activision Blizzard (Corp)
Injustice 211Warner Bros. Interactive
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands12Ubisoft
Minecraft13Microsoft (Corp)
For Honor14Ubisoft
Call of Duty: Black Ops III15Activision Blizzard (Corp)
Agents Of Mayhem16Deep Silver
Forza Horizon 317Microsoft (Corp)
Battlefield 118Electronic Arts
NBA 2K1719Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
UFC 220Electronic Arts




Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

1 thought on “August NPD Sales Results: Nintendo Switch #1 Selling; GTA V Breaks Records

  • December 19, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    It’s depressing that GTA:VC runs better on my years old smartphone than it does on my less than a year old Switch. Meanwhile Shin Megami Tensei V is blowing my mind with how good it looks. Like someone at Atlus clearly sold their soul to make SMTV be one of the best looking games on the system.


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