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:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
- Disgaea 5 Complete
- 1-2 Switch
- Lego City: Undercover
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Super Bomberman R
- Just Dance 2017
- The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
- Pokémon Sun
- Pokémon Moon
- Super Mario Maker
- Mario Kart 7
- Mario Sports Superstars
- Super Smash Bros.
- Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- 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.