Outriders Soars Up Sales Charts Despite Launching On Xbox Game Pass

The game had the third spot on both the PlayStation and Xbox sales charts for the month.


The NPD Group has published its US game sales report for March 2021, and they seem to further confirm that a game's inclusion on Xbox Game Pass does not doom its sales. Outriders, a surprise hit that launched day-and-date on the service, still managed to put up impressive numbers on Xbox. And according to the charts, it actually performed similarly to the PlayStation version

Outriders managed to take the third spot on the Xbox top-sellers list for March 2021, trailing only Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. This put it above other huge games like Madden NFL 21 and Forza Horizon 4, both of which are also available on Xbox Game Pass. The game actually came out on April 1, but the sales data extended to April 3, meaning it did this in just a few days. It could very well stay high on the list for next month, as well.

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But Outriders also managed to take the third spot on the PlayStation charts, only trailing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Spider-Man: Miles Morales while actually beating Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Outriders was third on the all-platform charts, as well, and because many of the games on that list are from last year, it's likely to climb even higher.

Given the franchise's huge popularity, it shouldn't be a big surprise that Monster Hunter Rise took the top spot for the Nintendo Switch March 2021 chart, and it's the only game Nintendo didn't publish on the list at all. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Mario Kart 8, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars rounded out the top five. This might be the last time we see 3D All-Stars on the list, as sales were ended on March 31, but retailers still have the game in stock in some areas.

As far as hardware is concerned, the PS5 continues its record-setting pace. Through five months, it's the fastest-selling console in US history, both in terms of dollar and unit sales. This is despite its limited availability, which many continue through the year due to semiconductor shortages. The Switch was actually the best-selling console of March, however, and hardware sales overall were up by about 47% compared to a year ago, which was early in the pandemic.

March 2021 Best-Sellers For All Platforms In The US

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Monster Hunter Rise
  3. Outriders
  4. Super Mario 3D World*
  5. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  6. Mario Kart 8
  7. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  9. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
  10. Minecraft
  11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  12. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  13. Pokemon Sword and Shield*
  14. Mortal Kombat 11
  15. Crash Bandicoot 4
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  17. Madden NFL 21
  18. NBA 2K21
  19. Super Mario Party
  20. FIFA 21

*Digital sales not included

March 2021 Nintendo Sales

  1. Monster Hunter Rise
  2. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
  3. Mario Kart 8
  4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  5. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  7. Pokemon Sword and Shield
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  9. Super Mario Party
  10. Luigi's Mansion 3

Digital sales not included

March 2021 PlayStation Sales

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Outriders
  4. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  5. Madden NFL 21
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  7. Minecraft
  8. Ghost of Tsushima
  9. NBA 2K21*
  10. Mortal Kombat 11

*Digital sales not included

March 2021 Xbox Sales

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  3. Outriders
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Madden NFL 21
  7. Forza Horizon 4
  8. It Takes Two
  9. Marvel's Avengers
  10. Watch Dogs: Legion

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