Nintendo Switch Now The Best-Selling Console Ever In The US (Over Its First Year)

The Switch is performing better than the PS4 and Xbox One.

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The NPD Group today released its report for February 2018 game and hardware sales in the United States, and among the noteworthy takeaways is that the Nintendo Switch continues to sell incredibly well. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said in a statement that the Switch, over its first 12 months on the market, has reached the "highest installed base for a console platform in history." What that sounds like is that, over its first year, Nintendo's hybrid console is selling better than the PS4 and Xbox One over their respective first years.

It's not a big surprise, though. After all, the Switch was the top-selling console in US history over its first 10 months. Nintendo hasn't said exactly how many Switch units it has sold in the US or other parts of the world specifically. Globally, the Switch has sold 14.86 million units worldwide as of December 31, according to Nintendo's own public data.

For February, Sony's PS4 was the best-selling console of the month and it is still the best-selling console so far this year. In total, hardware spending in the US reached $316 million, which is up by 55 percent. NPD said the growth was driven by Switch and Xbox One sales. Another notable takeaway is that February's total hardware spending was the highest for a February since February 2014 ($345 million).

Turning to game sales, Monster Hunter: World was the month's best-selling game, pushing its win streak to two months at No. 1. Call of Duty: WWII was No. 2 for February, while NBA 2K18, GTRA V, and Shadow of the Colossus made up the rest of the top five in that order. Other interesting takeaways is that Mario Kart 8 is back at No. 1 for the Switch-specific chart for the first time since May 2017. Additionally, Nintendo was the biggest game publisher based on dollar sales for the month. You can see all the top charts below.

The Accessories and Gamecards category, meanwhile, saw sales jump 35 percent to $282 million. That's a new record for February in NPD's history, beating the previous record of $262 million from February 2016. The black DualShock 4 was the best-selling accessory in February, and it's still the top-selling accessory for all of 2018.

Overall, covering games and hardware, total video game spending jumped 23 percent to $995 million in February, while year to date total spending rose 39 percent to $2.1 billion.

February 2018 Top 20 All Platforms

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

  1. Monster Hunter World
  2. Call of Duty: WWII
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Shadow of the Colossus
  7. EA Sports UFC 3
  8. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*
  11. Rainbow Six Siege
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  13. PUBG*
  14. Bayonetta*
  15. Madden NFL 18
  16. Assassin's Creed Origins
  17. FIFA 18*
  18. Sword Art Online: Fata Bullet
  19. The Sims 4*
  20. Star Wars: Battlefront II*

February 2018 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. PUBG
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. Dragon Ball Fighterz
  7. EA Sports UFC 3
  8. GTA V
  9. Rainbow Six Siege
  10. Assassin's Creed: Origins

February 2018 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Shadow of the Colossus
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  5. EA Sports UFC 3
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. GTA V
  8. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  9. Madden NFL 18
  10. Rainbow Six Siege

February 2018 Top 10 Nintendo Switch

  1. Mario Kart 8*
  2. Super Mario Odyssey*
  3. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  4. Bayonetta 2*
  5. Splatoon 2*
  6. Pokken Tournament DX*
  7. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  8. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  9. Arms
  10. Dragon Quest: Builders

February 2018 Top 10 3DS Games

  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun*
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon*
  3. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology*
  4. Mario Kart 7*
  5. Minecraft*
  6. Super Smash Bros.*
  7. Mario Party: The Top 100*
  8. Super Mario Maker*
  9. Kirby: Battle Royale*
  10. Super Mario 3D Land*

Top 10 Games 2018 Year-To-Date

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. GTA V
  5. PUBG*
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. Super Mario Odyssey*
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. EA Sports UFC 3

Top 10 Games For Trailing 12 Months

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2*
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. GTA V
  7. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  8. Ghost Recon Wildlands
  9. Super Mario Odyssey*
  10. Mario Kart 8*

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I bought a Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch back on October 27th but I have only played it sparingly. In the past, I would have sold my Wii if it were collecting dust but I'm keeping my Switch. There are going to be good games I'll want on it. I haven't played much PS4, either, but that changes next week with Far Cry 5 and MLB The Show. If anything is being turned on, it's my SNES Classic.

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Good to hear. That means that the support will continue.

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Mine is better than yours.

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No wonder Nintendo refuses to allow Mario kart 8 discounts. I can’t believe it’s topping the charts. I’m glad it’s popular but heck I’m trying to get it on a $40 sale

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Damn, the Nintendo haters must be hiding in the shadows now if they haven't already. The Switch is a huge success, and their first year lineup was the best I've ever seen for a console. And they still have more stuff on the way.

Congrats Nintendo.

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@xenomorphalien: lol

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@rmokeefe76: ...?

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It's crazy that GTA V is still one of the best selling 5 year old game!

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@elmarine2064: i was just going to comment on that. unbelievable..... wonder if Red Dead will topple that :)

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@elmarine2064: GTAV on switch! There’s no reason it cant happen.

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@Bread_or_Decide: GTA V comes to Swtich I will definitely get one. Been on the fence about buying one anyway just to play Doom on the go(specifically while sitting in airports or in flight).

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@spartanx169x: I waited so long to play Doom my first time with the game ended up being on Switch. Such a fantastic game, played it on the train, good stuff. They’ve even improved the game since release with patches and updates.

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@Bread_or_Decide: I already have it on PS4 but would gladly buy it again to play it on the go.

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@spartanx169x: same here, I was thinking maybe I'll get one when metroid comes out. There isn't the amount of brand new stuff I was hoping for with the system yet. Had I skipped the wiiU I would have def got the switch day 1. I bought a 3ds not to long ago and it just collects dust after I finished metroid. I really haven't taken it with me the extent I convinced myself I would when I got it. My work used to send me to UK and I would have 4-6 hour layovers and either switch or 3ds would be great for that, but I dont get to travel like that anymore.

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@smashthestars: I travel roughly 30 weeks a year. Leave on Monday back on Thursday. Most is in state. but occasionally I fly somewhere for work. In addition to that I travel to the Phillippines every couple of years(I live on the East coast of the USA). so even if i don't use it that often it would be worth its weight in gold to have it for flights. Air travel is incredibly boring.

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But but that was not supposed to happen.

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@spartanx169x: Yeah nintendo’s youtube policies were supposed to bury them. Ya know, missing out on all that amazing free, couldn’t type that with a straight face. Oh man those haters, hilarious.

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Just came to think of it...

Am I the only one noticing/thinking that there's really not much content that seems to be taking advantage / showcasing the HD Rumble so far on the Switch.

I hoped it to be a much more spectacular feature.

So far the only time I really got to notice/enjoy it was in 1-2 Switch, the minigame where you tilt the Joycon around to feel the "balls" inside a wooden box of it rolling and hitting the edges. (All virtual feelings of course but it felt real)

Some other minigames used the HD rumble in other ways too!

1-2 Switch was the 1st game I played and from the look of this specific mini-game it made me think of great future for this feature.

More than one year later I feel like no devs/games cared to take advantage of it...

A bit like the "touch" zone/pad in the center of the PS4 DualShock or the Xbox one's Trigger rumble which was supposed to give you a sense of resistance/feeling on the trigger button which I never even seemed to notice.

All this is making me wonder if they aren't maybe just pushing technology too much for controllers to a point where there's features that aren't even used...

(And these tech thingies are probably what makes the controllers so expensive...ironically!)

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@silv3rst0rm: Nintendo is saving all that tech for LABO. The info for those kits seems to show all the extra stuff in the controllers being used for something.

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Can't argue with that, the PS4 and Switch controllers especially seemed to be crammed full of largely pointless tech; raising the price and missing the point.

Gimme a couple of sticks and enough buttons and it's done it's job.

The HD rumble in some games is so extreme I have to turn it off!

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@risingdawn: The fact that some games use the rumble in a too intense manner has nothing to do with the "HD" rumble.

The HD rumble feature is a feature that is meant to be an accurate and customisable rumble.

To give you different kind of feedback to enhance the immersion.

You really have to play 1-2 Switch to see what it can (Could?) do.

So far though all games just use it like a very common rumble feature like we've been seeing since N64 nothing more!

About the PS4, the Sixaxis option which is a sort of motion sensor integrated hasn't been used much either...

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Oh wow, the haters really just need to STFU now. Any time some salty hater is talking shit about the Switch, we can all just whip this lovely nugget out and bonk them over the head with it.

Love it!!!

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@aross2004: lol

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Back to the norm where graphics don’t matter. Ps4 was the temporary exception to the rule.

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Well, graphics matter to an extent, but not nearly as much as games and gimmicks (gimmicks in the true sense of the word, not the overtly negative connotation it’s been attributed).

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14.86 million units sold worldwide in just one year is impressive enough, it's already higher than the (approx.) 13.5 million Wii U units sold in its entire life span from 2012 to mid 2017. I can definitely see the Switch going well within the 30+ million units sold in its life span (probably a lot more), which should put the Switch in line with the likes of the Sega Genesis and the Nintendo 64 (in terms of sales). Obviously no one knows for sure how long the Switch will last, but it might have the potential to get near the 3DS sales (about 71 million units) over a long enough period of time (I'd say it would need a solid 5 to 6 years life spawn to get there).

All in all it's a pretty successful Nintendo product (the best one since the original Wii, in my opinion).

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But as I paused BotW to peek at the internet they promised us that Nintendo was dooooooooomed!

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Nintendo are crazy for not just releasing an identical console to PlayStation with a Nintendo logo on the front.

Nobody wants portable gaming. Nobody wants portable friendly games.

We want 3 identical consoles, with identical power and identical games.

Nintendo only sold this many through false shortages, they'll be gone this time next year unless they stop appealing to a different market audience than the home consoles and share the marketplace instead.

Tell em guys........

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@risingdawn: brilliant

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@risingdawn: Almost thought you were serious XD