The NPD Group has released its sales report for March and it’s no surprise to hear that the Nintendo Switch outsold all other hardware for the month. We already knew that Nintendo had managed to shift over 906,000 systems in March, which helped push overall gaming hardware sales up by 91% year-over-year to $485 million. NPD analyst Sam Naji had this to say:
March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records.The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category.
In this debut month (month 1), the Nintendo Switch sold 31K more units than previous best-selling Nintendo month-1 platform, the Game Boy Advanced [sic], which released back in June 2001. The two Nintendo Switch SKUs, the 32GB Gray Joy-Con, followed by the 32GB Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con, were the best-selling systems for the month.
But, what about software for the month? Did The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild secure the top selling game on the charts? It actually did not, but it came in at a solid number two. It turns out that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands was able to pull in more money (it was available on more platforms with a much larger user base and the NPD counted digital sales for that game, whereas it did not for Zelda). Keep in mind that it’s the best launch ever for a Ghost Recon game and only The Division has performed better for a Tom Clancy game in its first month on store shelves.
Both 1-2 Switch and Super Bomberman R also made the Top 20 selling games for the month, coming in at numbers 13 and 17 respectively. 1-2 Switch sold approximately 172,000 copies – not too shabby for such a divisive game. Below is the full list of Top 20 Games and their rankings from the NPD, courtesy of NeoGAF:
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Record: Wildlands ** (Ubisoft) – Best Ghost Recon debut ever, #2 Tom Clancy title debut behind The Division.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild * (Nintendo) – Over 900K physical on Switch. However, keep in mind that these are ranked by dollar sales, not units, and that this spot represents Switch + Wii U.
- Mass Effect: Andromeda ** (Electronic Arts) – Second best Mass Effect debut ever, after Mass Effect 3 (which sold 1.3 million in its first month).
- Horizon: Zero Dawn * (Sony) – Best Guerrilla debut ever, selling twice as much as their second highest debut, Killzone 2. That should put it around 648K.
- MLB 17: The Show * (Sony)
- Grand Theft Auto V ** (Take-Two)
- For Honor ** (Ubisoft)
- NBA 2K17 (Take-Two)
- Nier: Automata (Square Enix)
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 = 4.0 Remix (Square Enix)
- Battlefield 1 ** (Electronic Arts)
- 1-2 Switch * (Nintendo) – 19% attach rate to the Switch.
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
- Overwatch ** (Activision Blizzard)
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege ** (Ubisoft)
- Super Bomberman R * (Konami)
- FIFA 17 ** (Electronic Arts)
- Lego Worlds (Warner Bros)
- Madden NFL 17 (Electronic Arts)
* No Digital Sales
** No Origin, Battle.net, uPlay, or non-Steam sales