Nintendo Switch Outsells PS4 / Xbox One In July 2018 US Sales; Top-Selling Games Revealed

Nintendo had a very strong month.

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The NPD Group today released its report for July 2018, revealing the consoles and games that sold the best during the month and providing a look at how the games industry is doing overall. Starting with hardware, the Nintendo Switch sold the most units and drove the most dollar sales overall.

According to the NPD Group, the Switch has now been the top-seller in terms of dollar sales seven times since the console launched in March 2017. This is the first time the Switch is back on top since December 2017. While the Switch had a strong July, the PS4 remains the top-selling console of 2018. The Xbox One, meanwhile, saw its dollar sales rise by almost 50 percent in July. On a year-to-date basis, Xbox One sales are up more than 60 percent.

Overall, hardware revenue in July jumped 19 percent to $217 million. The uptick in sales was driven by Xbox One, Switch, and the NES Classic Edition, but not PS4.

Moving to games, Nintendo's Octopath Traveler was the top-seller during July for all platforms, an accomplishment that is especially notable because digital sales are not included. Impressively, the nearly five year old Grand Theft Auto V finished No. 2 in July, with Mario Kart 8, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and The Legen dof Zelda: Breath of the Wild rounding out the top five. Nintendo had a strong month, as 5 of the top 10 best-sellers were Nintendo games. You can see the full all-platforms and console-specific best-seller lists at the bottom of this post.

In July, total spending on games dropped 12 percent to $246 million. Of note, the Switch is the only console platform growing year-over-year in terms of dollar sales, rising 70 percent. The gains are even more substantial than NPD is reporting, as the group doesn't cover digital Nintendo game sales.

With hardware and software combined, July 2018 total video game spending in the US reached $749 million, which is up 14 percent year-over-year.

July 2018 Top 20 Best-Selling Games

*No digital sales

  1. Octopath Traveler*
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Mario Kart 8*
  4. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Far Cry 5
  7. Super Mario Odyssey*
  8. The Crew 2
  9. Rainbow Six Siege
  10. Mario Tennis Aces*
  11. FIFA 18
  12. Lego Incredibles
  13. God of War
  14. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker*
  15. NBA 2K18
  16. Call of Duty: WWII
  17. Detroit: Become Human
  18. MLB 18: The Show
  19. Minecraft
  20. Destiny 2

Xbox One

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  3. PUBG
  4. Far Cry 5
  5. Rainbow Six Siege
  6. The Crew 2
  7. FIFA 18
  8. Call of Duty: WWII
  9. NBA 2K18
  10. Overwatch

PlayStation 4

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. God of War
  3. Detroit: Become Human
  4. MLB The Show 18
  5. The Crew 2
  6. Far Cry 5
  7. FIFA 18
  8. Rainbow Six Siege
  9. Horizon Zero Dawn
  10. NBA 2K18

Nintendo Switch

(no digital sales included)

  1. Octopath Traveler
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Super Mario Odyssey
  5. Mario Tennis Aces
  6. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trillogy
  9. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  10. Lego Incredibles


  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon
  3. Warioware: Gold
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  6. Super Smash Bros.
  7. Super Mario 3D Land
  8. Minecraft
  9. Super Mario Maker
  10. Detective Pikachu

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. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. NBA 2K18
  9. MLB The Show 18
  10. Super Mario Odyssey

12 Months Ending July 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. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. God of War 2018

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well about time...the other systems been out for a while

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That’s cool. I still have no desire to get one though.

I think I’m just sticking to one console next gen. I’m tired of buying multiple brands while I just end up using an Xbox for everything gaming and multimedia related.

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The Nintendo Massacre it looks like. 5 of their games in the Top 10. Hot damn.

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Xbox has NO Exclusives on " Their " Top 10 list ! LOL! =)

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@Terminator95: most likely because xbox one x is the best console choice for playing 3rd party.

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@Terminator95: Hey look everyone, it's 7tizz: Sony edition!

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@Terminator95: But they got 60% more sales. And dollar sales are up 50%


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I dont regret buying my switch but there are a lot or remasters, and for £50 for not a lot it kinda feels like a bit of a rip.

great to play on the go however.

Some really innovative indies that work even better with this in mind, like dead cells or golf story for the longer journeys.

Nice to see Nintendo still going strong though.

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Regarding to games sales, this chart has no value. Most games are sold in digital form.

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@dani3po: Out of curiosity, could you cite your source? While digital sales have increased I don't believe they have overtaken physical. Aside from a chunk of consumers who are still uncomfortable with not having a physical product to represent ownership there are still technical limitations in areas which prevent digital from being a viable alternative (speeds, broadband cap).

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@dani3po: No, digital sales are currently around 20-40% of the total for games with a physical release, depending on the game/publisher, so not most. Secondly, games on the chart include digital except where indicated with a * or in text. Basically everything on the chart includes digital except for Nintendo games.

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@dani3po: except Nintendo, their own financial reports show that physical still is the majority of their sales.

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I really enjoyed Octopath, but I'm a little surprised it took the top spot.

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Good news for consoles.

I am interested to get a switch, but waiting for more games that aren't on the Wii U

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@barcaazul: There are a number of games that are on Switch that weren't on Wii U.

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Yeah that may be true, but nothing that makes me want to rush out and buy one just yet.

We also have a PS4 & 3, so a lot of 3rd party is also available.

I really like the concept of the Switch and will jump onboard at some point.

A 5G version down the line could really be interesting. Maybe that's Switch 2, but the potential would be great

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@barcaazul: I suggest you buying it after 2 years. now all you can find are few nice AAA games, most are just re-releases, AND a bunch of indies. I regret buying it and I will buy a new 3ds soon. since it has way more nice games to offer.

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Right now I think you are probably right. Its only really Mario I feel missing out on. Also have a PS4, so no shortage of alternatives for the moment

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I have the switch mario edition. game is not as good as the other ones. if you have a ps4 you're good to go. best exclusives.

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Nintendo is killing it. But as per this article everyone is a winner in some fashion so congrats all around.

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@dr_vancouver: Pretty Sure PLAYSTATION 4 has OUTSOLD Nintendo Switch in Units sold World Wide.

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@Terminator95: In lifetime sales yes. But that's not saying much, given it's estimated that the Switch will catch up within 2019 despite the Switch beeing from 2017 and the PS4 beeing from 2013. So the PS4 is over 4 years older and still losing ground FAST

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Actually surprised at the Nintendo lead but not too surprised. That'll do, Nintendo. That'll do.

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@RicanV: Ugh, I cried at that scene. And then craved a BLT shortly after.

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Congrats to Nintendo

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Lol Gta5 still on top? Kinda shows the dripfeed of games we’ve been having this current gen. It’s either sequels to games that already existed on last gens or indies. Very few new refreshing AA titles

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@beuneus12: A game which itself is a last-gen port, no less. Here's hoping RDR2 lives up to the hype.