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Nintendo Sales Panic: July 2016 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - August 18, 2016, 5:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Nintendo

Operation "get people to buy Nintendo games because of mobile" appears to be working.

Although the full report won't be out until Monday, Nintendo has released some figures about July's game sales in the United States which show a major halo effect from Pokémon Go.

The 3DS family was the best selling system in the country in July according to NPD, and the 2DS following its price drop has now crossed 2m units in the United States. According to Nintendo, sales of the system were up 80% over July 2015. On the software front, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were #8 and #10 in the single-game sales charts, while 2013's X and Y versions were both in the top 25 as well. Capcom's Monster Hunter Generations was the top selling single game of the month, while Kirby: Planet Robobot was just outside the top 10 in the sales rankings.

Wii U's news was not as rosy, as it fell to under 25,000 units in July due to a non-existent release schedule. Minecraft for Wii U was the #6 individual seller of July, while estimates for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE have the RPG selling about 30,000 copies in its first full month.

Talkback

LucarioAugust 18, 2016

"Halo" effect?

Not that Halo. Basically, Pokémon Go's popularity spread to other Pokémon games. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/halo-effect?s=t

LucarioAugust 18, 2016

ah, thanks.

Ian SaneAugust 18, 2016

Here I've been shitting bricks that mobile success could lead Nintendo down the same path Konami went down but it actually works like they said, where a mobile game would bring people to the "real" stuff.  That's great!  If shareholders try to pressure them more and more into focusing on mobile at the expense of their "real" games they can stick to their guns and point to this as an example of a successful mobile game helping the sales of their dedicated gaming products.

LucarioAugust 18, 2016

Have you seen the new metal gear trailer? egh....

nickmitchAugust 18, 2016

I'm pleasantly surprised that's working for them.  I guess having a fresh remake people can feel extra nostalgic about helps a bit.

LucarioAugust 18, 2016

egh means yuck nickmitch. It doesn't look very accurate to past metal gears for some reason.

nickmitchAugust 18, 2016

Quote from: Lucario

egh means yuck nickmitch. It doesn't look very accurate to past metal gears for some reason.

I'm not sure what you mean.  I wasn't replying to your post about metal gear.  Sorry for the confusion.

LucarioAugust 18, 2016

soz

OedoAugust 18, 2016

I hope the success of the last two Monster Hunter entries in the West pushes Capcom to bring Monster Hunter Stories over (if that hasn't already been decided internally). It's obviously a different kind of game and I'd imagine there's a fair bit more localization work involved, but, man, I really wanna play that game. The announcement of the anime coming to the West is encouraging, even if it's not any sort of guarantee that the game will follow it.

Overall it sounds like a good month for Nintendo and I'm glad their mobile initiative is, so far, working out like they had planned.

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