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Nintendo Sales Panic: October 2018 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - November 20, 2018, 8:47 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: NPD Group

OK, we had three months of charging the Kamehameha...

In a record setting month for the game industry, it was a whelming month for Nintendo.

NPD reporting period: October 7 - November 3, revenue rankings unless noted.

Hardware sales for the Switch were down compared to the October reporting period from last year, largely due to October having the first month of Super Mario Odyssey sales combined with two of the largest launches ever tracked by NPD (Call of Duty Black Ops IV and Red Dead Redemption 2) not appearing on Switch. Overall, October 2018 was the best October of revenue for the industry as a whole in at least 23 years.

In software, Super Mario Party was 5th in the combined revenue charts for October, trailing the aforementioned Black Ops/Red Dead combo, as well as Assassin's Creed Odyssey and the combined sales of NBA 2k19. Nintendo's other October premieres, The World Ends With You Final Remix and Luigi's Mansion on 3DS, did not crack the combined top 20; Luigi's Mansion was the best selling 3DS game, while Final Remix was 8th in the Switch list. Nintendo games in the top 10 include NBA, Super Mario Party, FIFA 19 (7th), LEGO DC Super Villains (12th), My Hero's One Justice (13th), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (15th), Super Mario Odyssey (17th), Diablo III (18th, 2 days of sale), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (19th).

The Nintendo system top 10s:


  1. Super Mario Party
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Activision/Blizzard)
  6. Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft)
  7. Dark Souls Remastered (Bandai Namco)
  8. The World Ends With You: Final Remix
  9. Lego DC Super Villains (WB Games)
  10. My Hero's One Justice (Bandai Namco)


  1. Luigi's Mansion
  2. Pokémon Ultra Sun
  3. Pokémon Ultra Moon
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Minecraft (Microsoft)
  6. Super Smash Bros
  7. Super Mario 3D Land
  8. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
  9. Mario Party: The Top 100
  10. New Super Mario Bros 2


ShyGuyNovember 21, 2018

Six third parties in the Switch's October top 10. Feels good man.

Technically, Nintendo is the publisher for Final Remix... but yeah.

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