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Nintendo Sales Panic: December 2016 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - January 19, 2017, 4:14 pm PST
Total comments: 2 Source: NPD Group

Including software top 10s.

Another big month for Pokémon and a run on 3DS systems were the big Nintendo stories of the December sales in the United States.

In the combined-format top 10, Pokémon Sun and Moon (tracked separately) were #8 and #10 in the December charts. Combined, the two games have performed better than any Pokémon game since Diamond and Pearl in 2007 (a combined 4.21m to Diamond/Pearl's 4.25m, plus eShop sales not tracked by NPD). The 3DS was up 2% over December 2016, translating to about 560,000 units sold despite wide reports of shortages for the handheld during the month.

This month's report also supplied the top 10 games for both the Wii U and "portable", which was entirely 3DS games.

Wii U:

  1. Paper Mario: Color Splash
  2. Pokkén Tournament
  3. Minecraft
  4. Just Dance 2017
  5. Skylanders Imaginators
  6. Super Smash Bros for Wii U
  7. Super Mario Maker
  8. Lego Dimensions
  9. Splatoon
  10. New Super Mario Bros U + New Super Luigi U


  1. Pokémon Sun
  2. Pokémon Moon
  3. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
  4. Pokémon Sun/Moon Dual Pack
  5. Mario Party: Star Rush
  6. Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS
  7. Mario Kart 7
  8. Kirby: Planet Robobot
  9. Pokémon Omega Ruby
  10. Pokémon X


Fatty The HuttJanuary 19, 2017

**clicks on article to see if it is, indeed, still Numberwang**


WanderleiJanuary 19, 2017

I wonder if dickheads at EA, Activision, Ubisoft are seeing year on year drop in sales and thinking maybe we should have chucked our games on Nintendo and hoped for some more sales. I thought this year was year in ps4/xb1 life cycle that was traditionally the best selling, sony/microsoft even release new updated consoles but everything is down year on year in the biggest selling months.

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