NPD May 2018 - highest performing games on Switch and 3DS, best-selling games 2018

Nintendo Switch (physical only)

  1. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  2. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Ed
  3. Mario Kart 8
  4. Super Mario Odyssey
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Splatoon 2
  7. Kirby Star Allies
  8. Labo Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  10. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Nintendo 3DS
  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  3. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Detective Pikachu
  7. Super Mario 3D Land
  8. Super Mario Maker
  9. Minecraft
  10. Mario Party: The Top 100

The best-selling games of 2018 so far
  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. MLB 18: The Show
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds**

The best-selling games over the last 12 months
  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2**
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Super Mario Odyssey*
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II**
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  10. FIFA 18*

*No digital sales included
**No PC digital sales included

Categories: Media, Consoles, Portables
Tags: 3ds, switch


Looking at these charts you can see why the stereotype exists that 3rd party games don't sell on Nintendo hardware. And also reinforces why 3rd party support was so poor at E3. That was the chance to see if they're interested and for the most part, they're not.

Yeah good observation. Nintendo completely dominates 3rd party competition. But I’m part of the problem, I suppose. I rarely buy a 3rd party game at launch because I know it will be half price in 3 months. With Nintendo first party titles not only am I more interested in them outright, but I also feel like my day one purchase is somewhat protected from immediate price drops.

Thu Jun 21 18 10:43am
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In my case I mostly buy Nintendo Games, but it's because those are the games I want. I like more classic type of games. The only third party games I have bought are DOOM, Wolfenstein II, Bomberman R, Gear Club and Indie titles. Fifa, Call of Duty, Far Cry, God of War(PS4), GTA and so on, those are games I would never buy even if I had a PS4 or an XBOX One. I bought call of duty (BOPSII) once on Wii U, and NFS as well, but I ended up selling those games to buy other titles, mostly because I didn't like them and once I started playing COD online, a new one came on Wii U and only a few people were playing the one I had. NFS was seriously boring for me and had lots of crashes.

I believe is not a matter of price, but a matter of what you like most and what are you willing to spend on for your console and most Nintendo gamers will spend their money on the titles they like and will probably take one 3rd party for every 3 or 4 Nintendo titles they get, which could be a really good deal for third parties considering the millions of unit sold for almost every Nintendo title. There's not that much information on how DOOM and Skyrim sold on switch (only found first and second week estimate), but I believe it has been really good overall to guarantee the release of Wolfenstein II which has not sold as well as those games on any system. There's plenty of people online on DOOM as well.

Thu Jun 21 18 01:36pm
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There is a problem with your statement. If you look at chart that says "The best selling games of 2018 so far" you would see games like Far Cry 5, Monster Hunter World, Call of Duty World War II, Grand Theft Auto V, and Dragon Ball Fighterz. Non of these 3rd party games are available on the Switch. Dragon Ball Fighterz launches on Switch in September 2018, 8 months after the other versions. Also look at the chart "The best selling games for the last 12 months" and the story is the same. Destiny 2, Madden NFL 18, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Assassin's Creed Orgins are also not available on the Switch. If third parties want to sell their games on the Switch all they have to do is develop scalable engines which would allow them to put their games on just about any platform. Until developers and publishers recognize this they will continue to develop graphical show pieces that require months or years to Port to the Switch or to mobile platforms.

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