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Splatoon 2 and the Switch steal July in the NPD rankings, Final Fantasy opens big

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.

  1. Splatoon 2
  2. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Injustice 2
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  8. Overwatch
  9. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six  Siege
  10. NBA 2K17
  11. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  12. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  13. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  14. Minecraft
  15. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  16. MLB 17: The Show
  17. ARMS
  18. Battlefield 1
  19. Mass Effect Andromeda
  20. 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.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...