Switch provides flagging bodily gross sales a shot within the arm, however Wildlands tops March NPD

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Nintendo Switch made March a rosy month certainly for chart trackers, even when Zelda didn’t fairly make first place.

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March 2017 NPD at a look

Huge YoY hardware spike due to Switch launch

Total spend up 24% YoY

Console software program and equipment up YoY

PC software program down YoY

Switch tops hardware

Ghost Recon Wildlands tops software program

Compare month on month: February 2017

Compare yr on yr: March 2016

Switch had an incredible influence on the US market final month, in response to the most recent month-to-month report from NPD Group.

As beforehand reported and under no circumstances to anybody’s shock, Switch was the best-selling hardware of the month and Nintendo’s fastest-selling US launch ever.

NPD analyst Sam Naji mentioned hardware spending “almost doubled” and that “March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records”.

Nintendo’s earlier file was the Game Boy Advance’s June 2001 launch, however the Switch outsold it by 31,000 models.


March 2017 NPD Software charts

Chart-topper Wildlands had one of the best Ghost Recon launch ever, and the second finest launch for any Tom Clancy title, after The Division. Wildlands is curently one of the best promoting recreation of 2017 within the US.

While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild didn’t take prime honours on the software program chart, it got here in second behind Ghost Recon: Wildlands – a multi-platform launch. For a platform unique to hit second place within the charts even throughout a month with no competitors in any respect is spectacular.

It’s additionally very a lot value noting that the NPD doesn’t have digital gross sales information for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (or any of the opposite titles marked with an asterisk), so it’s attainable the Switch launch title did even higher than the chart-tracker can account for.

Naji mentioned that, counting all the best way again to 1995, The Legend of Zelda is the top-selling property of all time inside the “adventure super-genre”, with over 54% extra income than the subsequent best-selling franchise, Resident Evil.

“The Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold over 900,000 packaged units in the launch month,” the analyst added.

“This resulted with an attach rate of 99% to the Switch hardware. This is the highest attach rate for any non-bundled title for a new gaming platform since NPD began tracking.”

Despite solely managing one different charting launch title with 1-2-Switch, Nintendo broke data in bodily software program, too.

“Switch’s packaged software sold 1.3 million units, a record high for a Nintendo platform launch.”

Mass Effect Andromeda got here in third, which isn’t dangerous given it launched one to 2 weeks later than the highest two titles and was rough as guts earlier than patching.

Horizon Zero Dawn got here in fourth. It simply missed out on the February NPD monitoring interval by releasing late within the month, and likewise isn’t supported by digital gross sales information, so once more – not dangerous in any respect. It’s Guerrilla’s finest launch ever with over twice as many launch month gross sales as Killzone: Shadow Fall.

Nier Automata additionally charted, which is superb, because it rules.

    Overall software program prime 10

  1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  3. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn*
  5. MLB 17: The Show*
  6. Grand Theft Auto 5
  7. For Honor
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Nier: Automata
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  11. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  12. Battlefield 1
  13. 1-2 Switch*
  14. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  15. Overwatch
  16. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  17. Super Bomberman R*
  18. Fifa 17
  19. Lego Worlds
  20. Madden NFL 17

    Xbox One software program prime 10

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  3. For Honor
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5
  6. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  7. Battlefield 1
  8. Halo Wars 2
  9. Overwatch
  10. Forza Horizon three

    PlayStation four

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. Horizon Zero Dawn*
  3. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  4. MLB 17: The Show*
  5. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  6. Nier: Automata
  7. Grand Theft Auto 5
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. For Honor
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    Nintendo Switch

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  2. 1-2 Switch*
  3. Super Bomberman R*
  4. Just Dance 2017*
  5. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +*
  6. Skylanders: Imaginators*

    Wii U

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD*
  3. Super Smash Bros.*
  4. Minecraft*
  5. Paper Mario: Color Splash*
  6. Pokken Tournament*
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U*
  8. Super Mario Maker*
  9. Yoshi’s Wooly World*
  10. Splatoon*


  1. Pokemon Sun*
  2. Pokemon Moon*
  3. Super Mario Maker*
  4. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World*
  5. Mario Sports Superstars*
  6. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns*
  7. Super Smash Bros.*
  8. Mario Kart 7*
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D*
  10. New Super Mario Bros. 2*

    Top 10 best-selling video games of 2017 as of March

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. For Honor
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  5. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  6. Grand Theft Auto 5
  7. Horizon Zero Dawn
  8. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  9. NBA 2K17
  10. Battlefield 1


General March 2017 NPD outcomes

Thanks to the launch of the Switch, whole business spend for the US in March rose 24% year-on-year to $1.36 billion.

Hardware rose 91% to $485 million, and console software program climbed 5% to $612 million. Software gross sales declined year-on-year for 9 months in a row previous to the Switch’s launch, so retailers should be excited to see somewhat uptick.

It wasn’t all excellent news, as PC software program fell 25% to $29 million. However, equipment grew 9% to $231 million due to Switch peripherals. Switch-related equipment accounted for 25% of the overall class’s gross sales. Control pads alone grew 26% because of demand for the Switch Pro Controller.

Amiibo gross sales jumped 56% yr on yr due to Breath of the Wild, whereas the remainder of the interactive toy class crumbled round it, dropping 38% in whole. Sorry, Skylanders.

As ever with these reviews, keep in mind that digital sales are spanking boxed sales, particularly within the US.

The NPD’s month-to-month reviews observe new bodily gross sales and restricted digital information within the US solely, so it doesn’t account for the cash pouring into video games by way of many digital gross sales in addition to used gross sales, leases, subscriptions, cell and all the opposite methods builders make money as of late.