The Nintendo Switch toppled both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to become the best-selling console in July, according to data firm The NPD Group. Its success can be attributed to the successful launch of Splatoon 2, which, combined with Breath of the Wild, ARMS, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, also made Nintendo the biggest seller of software for the month as well.
Coming up just shy of Splatoon 2 was the surprise success story, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which carried its success over from a release in late June. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age also opened impressively at the number 4 spot, helping PlayStation 4 secure a larger command of the current generation console race.
- Splatoon 2
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Injustice 2
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
- NBA 2K17
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- MLB 17: The Show
- Battlefield 1
- Mass Effect Andromeda
- Tekken 7
Keep in mind that The NPD Group does measure digital sales, but only for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nintendo’s digital figures are not represented, meaning Splatoon 2 sold a hell of a lot of cartridges.
In fact, the success of games like Final Fantasy XII, NieR: Automata, Nioh, and Persona 5 have boosted the RPG genre in general, and The NPD Group claims RPG sales have risen 50 percent on the year in terms of sales. Good job Atlus, Bandai Namco, and Square Enix!
The NPD Group hints that the PlayStation 4 combined with the Nintendo Switch to take a majority of the hardware sales in July, meaning that the two consoles are running a tight race at the moment. The PlayStation 4 is still in the lead overall for the year, but that comes with a three-month head start over the Switch. Plus, it is also not suffering from insufferable shortages.