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Nov. 2018 NPD - Switch over 1.3 million sold and was the platform-leader in dollar sales, top 20 software overall, and much more

Nov. 2018 was a huge month for everyone in the game industry, which is wonderful to see. Here's the full breakdown of how things went, according to the NPD.

Total: $2,693 million (up 0% percent from $2,706 million in November 2017)
Hardware: $1,182 million (up 3% from $1,147 million)
PC and console software: $1,008 million (down 15% compared to $1,188 million)
Accessories: $503 million (up 35% from $371 million)

- November 2018 tracked spending across video game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $2.7 billion
- Year-to-date spending across video game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards has grown 16 percent
- This is the highest year-to-date total spend achieved since the $13.9 billion achieved between January and November 2010
- Best Year for Software since 2011
- Dollar sales of Console, Portable and PC Games Software totaled $1 billion in November 2018, declining 15 percent
- Year-to-date dollar sales of Console, Portable and PC Games Software exceeded $5.8 billion, a 9 percent increase
- This is the highest year-to-date total for Software spending since the $7 billion achieved in the year-to-date 2011
- Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let's Go Eevee are the #5 and #6 best-selling games of November
- Launch month sales of Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu are the second highest in franchise history, trailing only Pokeman Stadium
- Pokemon: Let's Go has sold 2 million units in the US, including digital sales
- Hardware spend is up YTD: For the 2018 year-to-date period, hardware spending has increased 14 percent, to $3.9 billion
- Spending gains for Xbox One, Switch, PlayStation 4 and NES/SNES Classic were growth-drivers
- all current gen consoles sell over 1.3m each, the second time in history any 3 platforms achieved more than 1 million units sold
- Switch was the leading hardware platform of November 2018 in dollar sales
- PlayStation 4 remains the leader in hardware platform dollar sales year to date
- Accessories and Game Card spending hits an all time high, growing 35 percent in November 2018
- Accessories and Game Card spending has grown 35 percent when compared to a year ago, to $3.5 billion

Top 20 software

1. Red Dead Redemption II
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
3. Battlefield V^
4. Fallout 76*
5. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
6. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
7. NBA 2K19
8. Madden NFL 19^
9. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
10. FIFA 19^
11. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
12. Super Mario Party*
13. Marvel's Spider-Man
14. Mario Kart 8*
15. WWE 2K19
16. God of War 2018
17. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
18. Just Dance 2019
19. Grand Theft Auto V
20. Forza Horizon 4

Switch

1. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu
2. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee
3. Super Mario Part
4. Mario Kart 8
5. Super Mario Odyssey
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
7. Just Dance 2019
8. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
10. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

3DS

1. Luigi’s Mansion
2. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
3. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
4. Super Mario 3D Land
5. Mario Kart 7
6. Super Smash Bros.
7. Minecraft
8. Detective Pikachu
9. Donkey Kong Country Returns
10. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Year to Date

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
2. Red Dead Redemption II
3. NBA 2K19
4. Far Cry 5
5. Madden NFL 19^
6. Marvel's Spider-Man
7. God of War 2018
8. Monster Hunter: World
9. Grand Theft Auto V
10. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Tags: 3ds, eshop, switch

Comments

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cyruszuo
Tue Dec 18 18 08:17pm
Rating: 4

I don't disagree, I think this is spot on.
...I also would ask when was the last time a 3rd party put their best team on a game for the Switch (or really any Nintendo platform).
In every case I see Nintendo getting games that are either sub-par compared to other platforms (FIFA, NBA 2K, Doom) or ridiculously late (Diablo 3).

Whereas the Nintendo games on Switch rank among some of the best available games available REGARDLESS of platform (Zelda, Mario, Smash), 3rd Party games on Switch DO NOT rank among the best available. Until that changes I don't know how we can compare the sales numbers.

I do long for the day when a developer puts it's A-Team on a title aimed at a Nintendo platform, but I don't honestly believe that day will ever come. Until it does, 3rd Party games will be 2nd rate on Nintendo platforms, and the way they sell is how they should sell - crappy - just like the effort put into them.

It's safe to say Nintendo will have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Is Nintendo Christian?

As crazy as it sounds I don't think that half the people who celebrate Christmas are Christians themselves.

I'm pretty sure you're not wrong on that one.

Diablo III: Eternal Collection for Switch didn't feature in the Top 20, as I suspected it wouldn't. It's not even in the Switch specific chart. The game released on 2nd November, no excuses, it had the whole month on sale. Which is a point that's being overlooked in all of Nintendo's success. That's just it, its Nintendo's success, not 3rd parties.

People can come back with, such and such Indie game sold better on Switch than the competition or the developers saying they're happy with the sales on Switch. Indies don't need to sell huge quantities, they're cheaper, the eShop isn't a quagmire where games disappear like on Steam, the competition have bigger and better games to play, etc. The likes of EA have done very little, I'm not sure they'll release another FIFA game on Switch either, sales have been poor. 3rd parties still aren't committing wholeheartedly, it's mainly ports. Bethesda are trying somewhat but I don't know if that'll last long-term. It's Nintendo's own games that we're hearing about selling millions. There was that Octopath Traveler press release, which I think was a staged sham, but apart from that we don't really hear of huge 3rd party successes on Switch.

cyruszuo
Tue Dec 18 18 08:17pm
Rating: 4

I don't disagree, I think this is spot on.
...I also would ask when was the last time a 3rd party put their best team on a game for the Switch (or really any Nintendo platform).
In every case I see Nintendo getting games that are either sub-par compared to other platforms (FIFA, NBA 2K, Doom) or ridiculously late (Diablo 3).

Whereas the Nintendo games on Switch rank among some of the best available games available REGARDLESS of platform (Zelda, Mario, Smash), 3rd Party games on Switch DO NOT rank among the best available. Until that changes I don't know how we can compare the sales numbers.

I do long for the day when a developer puts it's A-Team on a title aimed at a Nintendo platform, but I don't honestly believe that day will ever come. Until it does, 3rd Party games will be 2nd rate on Nintendo platforms, and the way they sell is how they should sell - crappy - just like the effort put into them.

I forgot about Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, I shouldn't have as I bought it. That's a very good game and has sold over a million copies. But that's a collaboration and it has the Mario license attached. I'd love to know in an alternate world, how many copies it would have sold with the Mario name. Ubisoft have been good supporters of Nintendo over the years, however, when you boil it down, the majority of their games too have been ports. It's easier to say what isn't a port, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Starlink; which tanked although it bombed on all platforms and then there's the upcoming Trials Rising which is niche and I've no interest in. We're missing the vast majority of their top franchises and their best studios working on games for Switch.

What happened with Octopath? It sold well, didn't it?

Not according to Debbie downer up there.

Have you any meaningful contribution to make to this story, other than another snide remark about me? It's not the first time either.

Tue Dec 18 18 10:03pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

I find you to be a bit of a paradox. I get your dislike and outspokeness of certain questionable and downright wrong decisions by Nintendo specifically but your posts tend to always shift towards the negative even when there's no need for it. It's almost as if your posts tend to gloat at the failures others would enjoy as success and I understand the need to express those opinions but it's a chore to read them. It's at times maddening, preposterous and absurd for no reason but to put it in print. I don't want to be annoying to you or anyone else on this site but is it that I leave this place or just respond with unnecessary comments about the way you say words. I don't really dislike you, I just don't like what you say sometimes, but sometimes I agree completely. I've tried to block you in the past to resist the urge to comment to you but alas I would see your posts if I didn't log in first and just gave up. You seem like an intelligent person, I just wish you could pretend to be happy at happy news. Otherwise, no I have nothing to add to this thread.

Video games are supposed to be fun for everyone, and talking about them is too. Your constant negative comments are quite unnecessary. Even in positive stories, you never fail to think of something negative to post. It's not like critiques that allow people to better consider their purchasing decisions, it's constant unwarranted negativity that is grating at the very least to others. As the GoNintendo rules say, there are enough cesspools of negativity on the internet. You're welcome to join one.

evil-c
Tue Dec 18 18 09:50pm
Rating: 4 (Updated 1 time)

It's ironic that he insults other users for having nothing to contribute, yet he acts like his word is law, and is all-knowing, with his "insightful armchair analysis", yet he blocks anyone who calls out his negativity or questions him, like he's just done with me.

You're a coward, sligeach-eire, and your constant negativity towards other users is unwanted. You were banned from Nintendolife for a reason, because you have no self-awareness, and are completely unwilling to listen to others, consider different opinions, or even agree to disagree.

Octopath sold over a million but someone stuck there fingers in their ears and screamed “la la la not listening”.

Thanks for the information! Over a million for a pretty niche 3rd party new IP is very impressive! And they did make a whole studio for Switch, so Square Enix apparently feels the same way.

Thanks for the information! Over a million for a pretty niche 3rd party new IP is very impressive! And they did make a whole studio for Switch, so Square Enix apparently feels the same way.

Wed Dec 19 18 12:21am
Rating: 1 (Updated 3 times)

Diablo 3 charted #18 in October's NPD overall and 5th on Switch. please do your basic research before being a downer on things.

https://venturebeat.com/2018/11/20/october-2018-npd/

NPD "months" aren't always exactly on calendar months. Thus titles releasing at the beginning of a month sometimes end up reported in that month, or sometimes in the month prior.

October NPD was this: October 7-November 3, 2018. So Diablo 3 Switch was #18 overall and #5 on Switch in 2 days.

I didn't bought mostly third parties games on switch this year, lately I'm playing civ vi, just finished starlink and yesterday I started ys viii and I didn't finished all the stories in octopath. The last nintendo game I bought was zelda because last year I played it on wiiu and torna (but it was part of the season pass) I love nintendo's game but this year I wasn't interested in any of there offering even smash isn't my thing but I'm always playing on my switch thanks to all the other games (indies and third parties) and I'm waiting for dqxi on switch (I bought spiderman instead of dq on ps4) and dq builders 2 looks great too

I guess folks didn't even notice my earlier post about Diablo charting October NPD (#18 overall, #5 Switch) b/c Otc NPD was Oct 7 - Nov 3)...

So another 19 million left?

Why 19? I think it had to sell like 14-16 thanks to Q1 & Q2.

enthropy
Wed Dec 19 18 05:08am
(Updated 1 time)

I remember the times when we were talking games, not drama...

Now! I really do wonder how Smash is selling worldwide. I knew it was going to be a big hitter, but it seems like it went beyond expectations (from my point of view, at least). And all this a system seller? That and PogeLetsGo? But how much? I still do not think Ninty wil reach their 20M goal, but it seems to be closer than I thought.

But then comes the thought, again, of the first qurter of 2019. There must be a Direct soon!

The really should have a big hitter first quarter! Heard AC could be one, but rumours are rumours. But would be nice to see an exclusive 3rd party game also!

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