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Nintendo Sales Panic: May 2018 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - June 21, 2018, 5:20 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: NPD Group

Due to pre-emptions, Numberwang aired early in the morning this month.

May's US sales results see a strong software month and explainable hardware growth for the Switch.

In the hardware front, the top earning single version of hardware was the Neon JoyCon Switch for the third consecutive month, both in units and revenue. The Switch trailed the PlayStation 4 in total system sales across all units. The Switch did outsell May 2017, but it was coming out of a hardware constraint at that point.

In the software front, Nintendo themselves put five titles in the revenue-based top 20: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in 5th, debutant Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition in 7th, Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe) in 9th, Super Mario Odyssey 13th and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 14th. Multiplats with Switch releases include NBA 2K18 (10th), FIFA 18 (15th) and the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (17th, a US$40 game). The other major physical release for May, SMT: Strange Journey Redux, was the 3rd best selling 3DS game of May behind the Pokémon Ultra games.

Nintendo system software top 10s:


  1. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  2. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  4. Super Mario Odyssey
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Splatoon 2
  7. Kirby: Star Allies
  8. Labo Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit
  9. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)
  10. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)


  1. Pokémon Ultra Sun
  2. Pokémon Ultra Moon
  3. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (Sega/Atlus)
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Detective Pikachu
  7. Super Mario 3D Land
  8. Super Mario Maker
  9. Minecraft (Microsoft)
  10. Mario Party: The Top 100


ShyGuyJune 21, 2018

Early Number Wang

OedoJune 21, 2018

With 3DS software sales being what they are, it's hard to tell how good or bad a game did just based on the chart, but I'm glad Shin Megami Tensei was able to do better than everything not named Pokemon. It didn't sound like Atlus sent out a lot of copies, so I was afraid it might not chart at all (like The Alliance Alive, sadly).

Also, Donkey Kong's launch sales got included in last months results (due to the tracking period, I guess), so it's super impressive that it was number 5 again this month. It's already well past its lifetime Wii U sales in Japan too and will easily double them (at the very least).

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