Nintendo Switch dominates U.S. game sales in March, Ghost Recon edges out Zelda as best selling title
The NPD data for March 2017 has been released and Nintendo had one of the best console debuts in American history. The Nintendo Switch managed to move just over 900,000 units in the U.S. alone during March. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild sold 926k copies on Switch and 400k on Wii U, bringing the game to 1.3M in the U.S. 1-2 Switch appears to have had a 19% attach rate to the Switch, meaning that if 900k Switches were sold then roughly 180k copies of the comical mini-game compilation were sold too.
Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands managed to snag the top overall game spot in the NPD’s top ten sales, just barely ahead of Breath of the Wild it seems. Mass Effect Andromeda was the third best selling game followed by Horizon Zero Dawn, MLB The Show 17, GTA V, For Honor, NBA 2K17, Nier Automata and COD Infinite Warfare.
Its very nice to see Nier break the top ten selling SKUs. Obviously, its behind 2016 games like NBA 2K and the 3 year old GTA V but its sold over 1 million copies so far globally.
March retail game sales were up 24% compared to March 2016, likely due to March 2016 not having a new console launch. Game hardware sales were up 91% compared to last year because, well duh the Switch released.
I personally can’t wait to see April’s sales data. The Switch is still hard to find, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming out, Persona 5 finally hit American stores and the Japanese game industry is seemingly having a resurgence this year. This resurgence isn’t limited to Japan, several Japanese heavy titles like Yakuza Zero, Zelda, Nier and Persona 5 are being received well both critically and commercially.
2017 seems to be a rebound year for the gaming industry.