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Nintendo Sales Panic: August 2018 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - September 18, 2018, 8:29 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: NPD Group

It was quiet for Nintendo, but Capcom had a banger of a five days.

The monthly survey of US game sales produced some good results for Nintendo in August.

Switch was the best selling hardware of August by unit sales, and just missed taking the revenue crown from the PlayStation 4 as well. No exact figures were provided by the NPD Group, but the Switch was up over last August (which featured the release of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle).

In software, although Nintendo did not launch any software of their own during the reporting period (August 5 -> September 1), eight of the top 20 best sellers (by revenue) of August were on Switch and one on 3DS. Madden NFL 19 took its annual August slot as the best seller overall. Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe) was #5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild #9, Super Mario Odyssey #10, and Mario Tennis Aces #16 with last month's winner Octopath Traveler just outside the top 20. (Unlike other platforms, Nintendo does not report eShop sales to the NPD Group.) The biggest Switch debut game of August, Capcom's Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, was able to claim #14 despite only five days of sale and no digital sales, while Minecraft (#11), the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (#12) and Lego: The Incredibles (#18) represented multiplatform titles.

Aside from Minecraft no 3DS game made the top 20 this month, though WarioWare Gold (released August 3) split the Pokémon Ultra titles to finish second, the first non-Pokémon RPG to finish in the top 2 since March (Detective Pikachu), and the first non-Pokémon top 2 since September of last year (Mario and Luigi + Bowser's Minions and Metroid: Samus Returns)

The platform top 10s:


  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Capcom)
  5. Mario Tennis Aces
  6. Octopath Traveler
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  9. Captain Toad; Treasure Tracker
  10. Minecraft (Microsoft)


  1. Pokémon Ultra Sun
  2. WarioWare Gold
  3. Pokémon Ultra Moon
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Super Smash Bros
  6. Super Mario 3D Land
  7. Minecraft (Microsoft)
  8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  9. Super Mario Maker
  10. Mario Party: The Top 100


ShyGuySeptember 18, 2018

Octopath has no legs

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