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December 2019 NPD Sales Results

The NPD has confirmed what many of us knew already: 2019’s video game sales had no chance of outperforming the prior year, which saw an astoundingly amount of AAA game releases. Combine the lack of megahits with two of the main manufacturers of hardware (Microsoft and Sony) announcing new machines for 2020 and you get a decline in overall video game sales revenue. The month of December brought in $3 billion, down 15% when compared to December of 2018. For the year the decline totaled 13%.



The best selling hardware in December was once again the Nintendo Switch. It finished up the year as the best selling console across the board, although the PS4 retains the honor of being the best selling system of the decade.



On the software side there were plenty of new releases and some evergreens hanging on. Nintendo took 10 of the top 20 spots, showcasing just how well the Switch is performing in the market. Here’s the full rundown (rankings based on revenue and * games don’t include digital sales):


December 2019

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  6. Pokemon Sword*
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  9. Pokemon Shield*
  10. Minecraft#
  11. Grand Theft Auto V
  12. Red Dead Redemption II
  13. FIFA 20
  14. Just Dance 2020
  15. Need for Speed: Heat
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
  18. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  19. Super Mario Party*
  20. Ring Fit Adventure

2019 YTD

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Borderlands 3
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  8. Kingdom Hearts III
  9. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  10. Mario Kart 8
  11. Grand Theft Auto V
  12. Red Dead Redemption II
  13. Minecraft
  14. FIFA 20
  15. Anthem
  16. Pokemon Sword
  17. Resident Evil 2 2019
  18. Luigi’s Mansion 3
  19. Days Gone
  20. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe



[Source: ResetEra]


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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