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Thread: NPD- Nintendo Switch drives March Game Sales to $1.36B in US

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    Default NPD- Nintendo Switch drives March Game Sales to $1.36B in US

    With the Nintendo Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild both breaking records for Nintendo recently, it comes as little surprise that The NPD Group's March report reveals a significant uptick for the industry. Hardware boomed, jumping 91% year-over-year to $485 million, while software increased 5% to $612 million. The PC games category actually fell 25% to $29 million, but overall the industry jumped up 24% to $1.36 billion.

    NPD analyst Sam Naji commented, "March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records.The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category.

    "In this debut month (month 1), the Nintendo Switch sold 31K more units than previous best-selling Nintendo month-1 platform, the Game Boy Advanced, which released back in June 2001. The two Nintendo Switch SKUs, the 32GB Gray Joy-Con, followed by the 32GB Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con, were the best-selling systems for the month."

    Zelda nearly managed to claim the top spot on NPD's software chart, although it should be noted that digital sales were not included in the ranking. Instead, Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands secured the top position with the "best launch of any Ghost Recon title; and, after Tom Clancy's The Division, it was the second best launch of any Tom Clancy game."

    While Zelda has been around since 1987, NPD's tracked sales only begin in 1995. The total for the franchise from 1995 to the present comes in at $1.4 billion, and interestingly Naji pointed out, "Zelda is the top-selling property of all time within the Adventure super genre, selling 54 percent more revenue than the next best-selling franchise, Resident Evil."

    Breath of the Wild sold over 900,000 physical units, bumping the Zelda franchise total even higher, and NPD noted that "Switch's packaged software sold 1.3m units, a record high for a Nintendo platform launch." Even 1-2 Switch made the top 20 best-selling games chart (see below) with an attach rate of 19 percent.

    While Nintendo and Ghost Recon each had big impacts, it's important to recognize the contributions of Mass Effect and Horizon Zero Dawn, which helped the industry reverse 9 consecutive months of year-on-year declines since May 2016. Indeed, Mass Effect: Andromeda, although maligned by some crtics, was the third best-selling title during the month and actually enjoyed the second best launch in the popular franchise (behind Mass Effect 3). As for Horizon Zero Dawn, NPD noted that Guerrilla Games' critically praised new IP "was the developer's best launch ever, selling twice as much as its next best title, Killzone Shadow Fall."

    It's worth noting, for those who value digital sales tracking, that NPD added another very important digital panel participant to its list since launching digital tracking last July. Microsoft has been confirmed as a member of the panel and the company's digital numbers are included in the Xbox ranked titles, but for this month only, not yet factored into top line reporting. NPD's other digital panel participants include Activision Blizzard, EA, Take-Two, Warner Bros., Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, Deep Silver, Square Enix and Capcom.
    SourcE: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...-36b-in-us-npd

    So Zelda did better than expected, Switch's first month sales is greater than the GBA, etc. Now let's see what Mario Kart 8: Deluxe does.
    Currently awaiting......Whatever.

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    Not surprising that Ghost Recon: Wildlands was the #1 Best-Selling Open World Game in the US.

    Well-deserved!
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    Indeed, Mass Effect: Andromeda, although maligned by some crtics, was the third best-selling title during the month and actually enjoyed the second best launch in the popular franchise (behind Mass Effect 3).
    Well, on one hand, not surprised to see that some on here were wrong who accused me of being one of the only people who was looking forward to Mas Effect Andromeda.

    On another, surprising to see that the bad reviews/reception didn't hurt sales. Guess the Mass Effect brand remains strong. Will be interesting to see if the series continues from here.


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    Fake discussions again, SL?

    ME: Andromeda will probably fall off next month, a debut tracking behind 3 is pretty telling and not in a good way.
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    You have one hell of a short memory dude lol.

    Anyway I agree that it will fall off quickly due to the game's apparent lack of quality, but clearly the hype and anticipation was real for a new Mass Effect game.

    Selling behind 3 isn't too surprising given the fact that 3 completed an existing story so there was more urgency to play it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowLegend View Post
    You have one hell of a short memory dude lol.
    Can you kindly show me where I suggested few people were looking forward to it?
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    Almost every time I brought the game up lol.


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    I asked you to shoooooooooow me.
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    Nahhh I'm good on that.

    You seemed to know that I was referring to you so I'm sure you have an idea of what I'm referring to.


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    Oh, I know. I'm just very curious where the part I allegedly said not much people were looking forward to it came from.

    Which is a very different sentence from what ShadowLegend is looking forward to.
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