Yesterday, the NPD published its monthly report for the American market, and in June, everything was up except the Accessory category. Total sales generated $765 million, which is 7% more than during the same period in 2016 ($712 million).
Here’s some raw data to begin:
- Total: $765 million (+7%), as opposed to $712 million in June 2016;
- Hardware: $231 million (+27%), as opposed to $182 million in June 2016;
- Console Software: $343 million (+1%), as opposed to $339 million in June 2016;
- Accessories (including Toys to Life category): $159 million (-1%), as opposed to $160 million in June 2016.
NPD – Software
Software-wise, ARMS sold well during its first month on the market, and even contributed to the increase in Software sales. According to Nintendo, ARMS sold no less than 256 000 units (retail + digital) in June, which is a pretty good debut for a brand new IP.
In comparison, Splatoon sales for its debut month are estimated at about 165 000 units, but that was for only a couple of days, so a direct comparison isn’t exactly fair (for the record, Splatoon sold 455 000 units by the end of June 2015).
Other Nintendo Switch games also sold well, thanks to bigger Nintendo Switch shipments (new owners do need games to play, after all!):
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 180 000 units
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 145 000 units
Next, here’s the Top 10 Software for the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
- 1-2 Switch
- Disgaea 5 Complete
- Cars 3: Driven to Win
- Cave Story +
- Lego City: Undercover
- Just Dance 2017
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
- Pokemon Sun
- Pokemon Moon
- Ever Oasis
- Super Mario Maker
- Super Smash Bros.
- Mario Kart 7
- Mario Sports Superstars
- Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Unfortunately, Ever Oasis didn’t seem to have been pretty successful, as it’s only #4 of the Nintendo 3DS chart. Granted, it was only out for about a week, but it still doesn’t bode well for Grezzo and Nintendo’s original IP.
NPD – Hardware
Once again, the Hardware market as a whole is up thanks to the Nintendo Switch. Not only the system is selling well, but it’s actually expanding the market (instead of just stealing market shares from Sony or Microsoft). Unfortunately, handheld sales continued to decline, with -40% so far this year.
Finally, the Accessory category is down, but at the very least, the drop is rather limited (-1%). The Toys-to-Life category is bringing it down, with -40% compared to June 2016. On the other hand, game controllers sales are up by 22%.