NPD: some data for May 2017

Yesterday, the NPD published its monthly report for the American market, and in May, only Hardware and Accessories were up: Software sales were down. Total sales generated $542 million in revenue, which is a 11% Drop Year on Year ($610 million in May 2016). The increase for Hardware is quite obviously due to the Nintendo Switch, which keeps on selling steadily.

Here’s some raw data to begin:

  • Total: $542 million (-11%), as opposed to $610 million in May 2016;
  • Hardware: $147 million (+7%), as opposed to $138 million in May 2016;
  • Console Software: $271 million (-20%), as opposed to $339 million in May 2016;
  • Accessories (including Toys to Life category): $112 million (+1%), as opposed to $111 million in May 2016.

NPD – Software

Total Software sales dropped Year on Year, due to strong competiton from May 2016 titles. For the full year so far, Software sales are flat, at $1.9 billion.

Last month, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild managed to outsell Prey, though mostly because the latter significantly underperformed. According to the NPD, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is off to a good start, and even pushed Software spending on handhelds up by 10% compared to the same month last year.

Next, here’s the Top 10 Software for the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS:

Nintendo Switch

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  4. Disgaea 5 Complete
  5. 1-2 Switch
  6. Lego City: Undercover
  7. Puyo Puyo Tetris
  8. Super Bomberman R
  9. Just Dance 2017
  10. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+

Nintendo 3DS

  1. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
  2. Pokémon Sun
  3. Pokémon Moon
  4. Super Mario Maker
  5. Mario Kart 7
  6. Mario Sports Superstars
  7. Super Smash Bros.
  8. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  10. Super Mario 3D Land

NPD – Hardware

The Nintendo Switch was not the best-selling console in May (due to the usual shortages), but it’s still the main driving force for Hardware sales. According to the NPD, it serves as both a viable third console, but also a replacement for both the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita markets. So far this year, Hardware sales have grown by 18%, offsetting the decline in portables.

Source: NPD
Via: VentureBeat



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