Dec. 2020 NPD: Half of the top 20 best-selling games were published by Nintendo, Switch the best-selling hardware for the 25th consecutive month

Nintendo had a pretty great holiday season

The software and hardware sales for December 2020 (and 2020 as a whole) are in! Here's what was big in the United States last month/year, thanks to a rundown by Mat Piscatella from The NPD Group.

December 2020 top 20

2020 top 20

December 2020 top 10 for Switch

2020 top 10 for Switch

Various tidbits
- December 2020 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories reached a December record $7.7B, 25% higher when compared to a year ago. Full year spending also set a new record, totaling $56.9B, 27% higher than 2019.
- Hardware dollar sales reached $1.35 billion in December 2020, an increase of 38 percent when compared to a year ago, and the highest total for a Decemeber month since the $1.37 billion achieved in December 2013.
- Annual hardware dollar sales totaled $5.3 billion, 35% higher than 2019, and the most since $5.6 billion was reached in 2011.
- Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in units and dollars for both December and the 2020 year. Annual dollar sales of Switch hardware were the 2nd highest for a platform in U.S. history. Only the 2008 dollar sales of Nintendo Wii were higher.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons was 2020's 3rd best-selling title, and the 6th best-selling game of December. In 2020 the title achieved the highest physical dollar sales for a Nintendo published game in a calendar year since Wii Fit Plus in 2010.
- Half of the top 20 best-selling games of December 2020 were published by Nintendo.
- Spending on video game accessories reached $546m in December 2020, 15 percent higher when compared to a year ago. 2020 spending gained 21 percent, to $2.6 billion.


It prints money! The wii did crash pretty hard after 2008 or so, hopefully switch keeps the momentum going

As far as I can remember, the Wii still did well in 2009 and started slowing down later in 2010.

Man people are STILL buying Breath of the wild? That's the best game on the system for me, but I had no idea it would sell more then any other Zelda game ever.

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