July 2020 NPD: Paper Mario sets a record, Switch the #1 hardware, and more

Another great month for Nintendo

The NPD breakdown for game and hardware sales in July 2020 has been released. Check out the full recap below.

Top 20 software for July 2020

1. Ghost of Tsushima
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
3. Paper Mario: The Origami King*
4. The Last of Us: Part II
5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
6. Ring Fit Adventure
7. Mortal Kombat 11
8. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
10. Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris
11. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
13. Rainbow Six: Siege [Tom Clancy’s]
14. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
15. MLB: The Show 20
16. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
17. Need for Speed: Heat
18. Marvel’s Spider-Man
19. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
20. Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Industry-wide data

- total spending hit $3.6 billion during July, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group.
- double-digit spending gains in accessories, subscription, mobile, and both digital full game and post-launch spending
- hardware fell slightly
- year-to-date spending reached $26 billion, 21% higher than the same period in 2019
- digital content spending increased 41%
- year-to-date 2020 content spending reached $23 billion, a 21 percent increase when compared to the same period a year ago

Various tidbits

- Paper Mario: The Origami King set a new launch month sales record for a Paper Mario title
- physical launch month dollar sales for Paper Mario more than doubled those of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
- Switch was once again the best-selling hardware platform of both July and 2020 year-to-date in unit and dollar sales

Top 10 best-selling games so far this year

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
3. The Last of Us: Part II
4. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
5. Ghost of Tsushima
6. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
7. MLB: The Show 20
8. Resident Evil 3
9. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
10. Mortal Kombat 11

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
2. Madden NFL 20
3. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
4. NBA 2K20^
5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
6. The Last of Us: Part II
7. FIFA 20
8. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
9. Pokémon: Sword*
10. Luigi’s Mansion 3*

Top 10 Nintendo Switch games for July 2020

1. Paper Mario: The Origami King*
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
3. Ring Fit Adventure
4. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
8. Super Mario Odyssey*
9. Super Mario Party*
10. Pokémon: Sword*

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
Tags: eshop, switch


Top Rated Comment
Fri Aug 14 20 10:58am
Rating: 3

Producer Kensuke Tanabe is bringing the heavy hitters. Hopefully Metroid Prime will also be a success story. Hopefully.

Fri Aug 14 20 10:54am
(Updated 1 time)

Luigi's Mansion 3 being a top ten seller for the last twelve months is a surprise to me. Pretty cool

Fri Aug 14 20 10:58am
Rating: 3

Producer Kensuke Tanabe is bringing the heavy hitters. Hopefully Metroid Prime will also be a success story. Hopefully.

Hopefully Metroid Prime 4 will sell well, unless it's too late in the Switch lifespan

Fri Aug 14 20 12:34pm
Rating: 1

Like Samus Returns. *sigh*

It's an uphill battle.

Fri Aug 14 20 11:10am
Rating: 1 (Updated 4 times)

It absolutely deserves it.

Brilliant game; NLG knocked it out of the park, and I say this as someone who already enjoyed LM2:DM. But LM3 is just on a whole other level and is an absolute milestone when it comes to environmental interactivity, character animation, and lighting in gaming. It's the new gold standard, if you ask me.

I agree, LM3 is the proof the NLG has evolved and turned into a full Nintendo levels of quality studio. It's very impressive.

Fri Aug 14 20 12:04pm
Rating: 1

Next Level really SHOULD be proud. It was a well-polished Triple-A game and I think they're ready for nearly any one of Nintendo's best properties.

Boy wouldn't I give for a Next Level developed DK game. I feel their brand of humor, animation quality would work extremely well with DK's colorful cast of characters.

We know Next Level has some sort of fondness for DK too with DK being the secret boxer in Punch-Out!! and Kritters being goalies in the Mario Strikers series.

I agree... in fact, I think Next Level's pedigree for animation was pretty evident just from Punch-Out. I'd like another one of THOSE, too.

Yes I too want a new Punch-Out!! from Next Level as well, hopefully we get a brand new set of original boxers/challengers for Mac to face off with. Also a new Mario Strikers would be nice as well.

Fri Aug 14 20 02:34pm
Rating: 1

Oh man, a 3D DK game by them would be great.

I don't think it's a good news Origami King beating Thousand Year Door.
It may give Nintendo a wrong indicator on how to develop a GOOD game instead of a mild one that sells better.

What do you mean by mild, what about Origami King is mild?

Lol, I only chose a meaningless and equally not very punitive adjective to describe a forgettable game, IMO.

The only reason I'll play until I beat it is because my 5 yo daughter loves the story and want to know what will happen next. I was almost youtubing it to her, but I won't because I paid $60, and she would lose my narrative :-/

The last enjoyable Paper Mario game I played was TYD. And I played all that came after and before.

I don't know about that really.
You might not like Origami too much, but I really think it deserves the sales number. And also, if you see how things went with FE for example, the fact that one arguably quite different episode saved the entire series did not prevent IS from listening to older FE fans and in some respect bring back older elements of the series that were not featured in that one very successful game.

So say, Origami saves Paper Mario, which to some extent is probably what is happening after the critical disaster that was SS and the sales disaster that was CS. Origami might very well prevent the whole series from falling into the B-team/niche/once in a while release list of Nintendo licences. If so, then following FE's example, it might give IS more chances to listen to what a part of the fanbase has to say about the series.

I mean that's the thing. NSMB sold more than the other classic Mario games and did better than any 3D Mario game.

Artistic works =! High sales - Usually works with a voice that speaks to an audience isn't necessarily for everyone, since those works usually challenge the audiences views in one way or another. There's a reason also why people prefer original works in a series, and that's because those have to prove themselves and there's a moment of resistance by the audience before they actually love it. Like with Majora's Mask, which was completely different from the crowd pleasing Ocarina of Time.

Dont worry, sales numbers arent even good. Numbers for july show it beat TTYD by a few tens of thousands in each region xD I dont think numbers for july even summed up to half a million between all regions. In a console with a 50 million install base the game can be catalogued as a flop.

If anything, the ****storm that became TOKs launch will show Nintendo not to mess with fans expectations. They probably were expecting a million in each region for july alone.

I mean without having the digital sales data it is hard to tell. Because of the pandemic a lot more sales have been digital. So we could be ommitting a significant part of the equation.

Definitely. And then it wouldnt be an apples to apples comparison, since TTYD wasnt even available digitally. Still, I dont think it's gonna be twice as many units sold digitally. Really wanna see how Nintendo takes everything that happened with this game for it's future

I mean in this case is more about recalling the past. Since the future seems steady on trying new things and polishing along these guideline, which I really can't tell how or why are so strict with this subseries.

Don't underestimate the percentage of Switch sales that are digital. People who prefer physical imagine that everybody shares their feelings. Only physical games I have out of over a hundred for Switch are games like Labo and Ring Fit Adventure that are physical only.

And this one gets downvoted because of what logic?


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