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June 2018 NPD: Nintendo Serves Up An Ace

The video game market continues to perform extremely well for 2018 and June proved that gamers’ appetites are still ferocious with sales of $1.08 billion (+25% over last year). The best selling game of the month was Nintendo’s Mario Tennis Aces, and that doesn’t even include the digital copies sold. Accessories, especially headsets, continue to sell at a high clip (up 38%) thanks to the popularity of Fortnite.

For June hardware made up $350 million (up 52%) of the total $1.08 billion spending in the video game sector. PC and console software captured $374 million (down 1%) and accessories brought in $353 million (up 38%).

Nintendo in particular is having a great year on the software side of things. In fact, the Switch was the only platform with software growth in June, raking in more than double the money it did in June of 2017. Year-to-date software sales on Nintendo Switch are also more than double of those last year, which corroborates Nintendo’s own internal financials that were released yesterday.

On the hardware side of things, Sony once again won out with the PS4 raking in the most money. Both Microsoft and Nintendo also had good months, with the Switch up 50% year over year and Xbox making almost double. Interestingly enough, Nintendo sold the most consoles with its NES Classic Edition, which marks the first time a NES has led the NPD since it began reporting back in 1995.

Here are the top 20 selling games by revenue. Keep in mind Nintendo doesn’t report eShop sales to the NPD, so for their titles it’s strictly based on physical copies sold.



  1. Mario Tennis Aces*
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. The Crew 2
  5. Far Cry 5
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. LEGO Incredibles
  8. FIFA 18**
  9. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  10. Detroit: Become Human
  11. Super Mario Odyssey*
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  13. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  14. NBA 2K18
  15. Call of Duty: WWII
  16. MLB 18: The Show
  17. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  18. Vampyr*
  19. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
  20. State of Decay 2

*No digital sales included
**No PC digital sales included


Nintendo Switch (physical only)

  1. Mario Tennis Aces
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  6. Lego Incredibles
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  9. Kirby Star Allies
  10. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Ed


[Source: Venture Beat]


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.

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