Nintendo Switch, Madden Top August 2017 Sales


The NPD Group has just revealed its sales numbers for the month of August, and this particular sales period was all about two very popular things – Madden NFL 18 and the Nintendo Switch.

According to the company, the Switch ended up being the best selling piece of video game hardware for the month, just as it did for July. That said, its sales weren't quite enough to make up for the general market sales for the month, as it only generated $568 million – two percent lower than 2016's numbers.

Video game software took a big chunk of that amount, making up $271 million, which also saw a two percent drop from the previous year. That said, accessories did pick up, with a 10 percent increase to $118 million, including items like the Xbox One S Controller, Nintendo Switch Pro controllers, game cards and Turtle Beach headsets.

As for software, Madden NFL 18 was the king of the castle, which landed in the top spot. Grand Theft Auto V, still continuing to dominate the charts after all these years, took a hearty second place, while Sony's spin-off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy landed in third. Nintendo's sequel Splatoon 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rounded out the top five.

Here's the full top twenty best sellers:

  1. Madden NFL 18
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  7. Mario Kart 8
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastred
  9. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  10. Overwatch
  11. Injustice 2
  12. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
  13. Minecraft
  14. For Honor
  15. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  16. Agents of Mayhem
  17. Forza Horizon 3
  18. Battlefield 1
  19. NBA 2K17
  20. UFC 2

As far as game sales for the year go, NPD noted that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands was the year's biggest seller thus far, followed by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Grand Theft Auto V. You can see the top ten below:

  1. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. For Honor
  5. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  6. Injustice 2
  7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. NBA 2K17
  10. Resident Evil 7

We'll see how September's sales numbers shape up, but plenty of big releases are dropping this month, so we'll see how it pans out!