Best-Selling Consoles And Games For June 2018 In The US

The NES Classic and PS4 top the hardware charts, while Mario Tennis Aces is No. 1 for game sales.


The NPD Group has released its report for June, revealing which consoles and games sold the best during the summer month in the United States. Starting with hardware, Nintendo's NES Classic, which was brought back on June 29, was the month's best-seller in terms of total units. However, Sony's PlayStation 4 took the top spot as it relates to overall dollar sales.

This makes sense, of course, because the NES Classic costs significantly less than the PS4. Still, it's an impressive performance for Nintendo's classic system, especially when you consider it launched at the very end of June. Hopefully the rumoured N64 Classic comes next.

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Also of note is that June 2018 was the first time since NPD's tracking began in 1995 that a NES console was the best-seller in terms of unit sales.

While the Xbox One didn't finish first, it had a strong June 2018. Sales, on a dollar basis, rose by nearly double compared to July 2017. Additionally, Nintendo Switch sales jumped by more than 50 percent, while PS4 dollar sales of course grew as well.

Overall, hardware spending in the US for June 2017 jumped by 52 percent year-over-year to $350 million. As mentioned, all major home consoles experienced growth, and the NPD Group said this was driven in part by the popularity of Fortnite, price cuts and bundles, and the re-launch of the NES Classic.

In terms of game sales, Nintendo's Switch-exclusive Mario Tennis Aces was the best-selling game of June 2018 in the US. It passes the N64's Mario Tennis to become the all-time single-month sales leader for a tennis game since NPD tracking began. Sony's PS4-exclusive God of War was No. 2 in June, and it remains the second best-selling game of 2018 behind Ubisoft's Far Cry 5. Another new Ubisoft game, the racing title The Crew 2, launched at the end of June and finished in the No. 4 position. Notably, it was outsold by Grand Theft Auto V, which was released nearly five years ago.

Another notable takeaway from June 2018 software sales is that the Switch was the only console that showed game sale growth in June. Additionally, full-game download sales grew "significantly," thanks in part to GOTY/Remastered/Anniversary re-releases.

Overall, software sales in June 2018 across console, portable, and PC hit $374 million, which is down 1 percent compared to the same period last year. With hardware and software combined, total June 2018 gaming revenue jumped 25 percent to $1.1 billion.

June 2018:

*Titles marked with an asterisk do not include digital sales*

Top 20 Best-Selling Games On All Platforms

  1. Mario Tennis Aces*
  2. God of War
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. The Crew 2
  5. Far Cry 5
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Lego Incredibles
  8. FIFA 18*
  9. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  10. Detroit: Become Human
  11. Super Mario Odyssey*
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  13. Rainbow Six Siege
  14. NBA 2K18
  15. Call of Duty: WWII
  16. MLB The Show 18
  17. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  18. Vampyr
  19. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
  20. State of Decay 2

Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. The Crew 2
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Far Cry 5
  4. State of Decay 2
  5. PUBG
  6. FIFA 18
  7. Rainbow Six Siege
  8. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  9. Call of Duty: WWII
  10. Lego Incredibles

Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. God of War
  2. Detroit: Become Human
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. FIFA 18
  5. The Crew 2
  6. MLB The Show 18
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. Vampyr
  9. Lego Incredibles
  10. Horizon Zero Dawn

Top 10 Nintendo Switch Games

(no digital sales)

  1. Mario Tennis Aces
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  6. Lego Incredibles
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy
  9. Kirby Star Allies
  10. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition

Top 10 3DS Games

(no digital sales)

  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon
  3. Mario Kart 7
  4. Super Smash Bros.
  5. Super Mario 3D Land
  6. Detective Pikachu
  7. Minecraft
  8. Mario Party: The Top 100
  9. Super Mario Maker
  10. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

2018 Year-to-Date Top 10 Games

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. NBA 2K18
  9. MLB The Show 18
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*

12 Months Ending June 2018 Top 10 Games

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2*
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Super Mario Odyssey*
  6. Far Cry 5
  7. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  10. God of War

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