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Nintendo Sales Panic: March 2017 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - April 20, 2017, 3:57 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: NPD Group

An expanded top 20 greets the Switch launch.

Following Nintendo's announcement last week about the first month of Switch sales, the NPD Group has released their official survey to put Nintendo's numbers in context.

The Switch's first month of sale saw the system beat the June 2001 launch of the Game Boy Advance by 31,000 units to become the biggest hardware launch ever for Nintendo, and the second largest in US history. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was reported to have over a 99% attach rate, suggesting that the 102% figure quoted by Nintendo included digital sales, and BotW was the second best selling game in the NPD's all-format chart behind Ghost Recon: Wildlands. For 2017, the combined sales of Zelda make it the third best selling game of the year behind Wildlands and For Honor.

The report provided a software top 20 this month (all formats combined), and 1-2 Switch finished at #13 on the list, selling to 19% of Switch owners for 172,000 copies. Konami's Super Bomberman R finished in the 17th slot this month.

Zelda Amiibo were also big movers in March, composing 43% of "interactive toy" sales and causing a 56% year-over-year spike in Amiibo sales. Switch accessories composed a quarter of the market in March to go with the consoles, and the best selling controller of the month was the Switch Pro Controller.

Software rankings for the Switch, Wii U and handhelds (all 3DS titles) are as follows:


  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. 1-2 Switch
  3. Super Bomberman R (Konami)
  4. Just Dance 2017 (Ubisoft)
  5. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Nicalis)
  6. Skylanders Imaginators (Activision)


  1. Pokémon Sun
  2. Pokémon Moon
  3. Super Mario Maker
  4. Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World
  5. Mario Sports Superstars
  6. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (XSEED)
  7. Super Smash Bros
  8. Mario Kart 7
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  10. New Super Mario Bros 2

Wii U

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  3. Super Smash Bros
  4. Minecraft (Microsoft)
  5. Paper Mario: Color Splash
  6. Pokkén Tournament
  7. New Super Mario U + Luigi U
  8. Super Mario Maker
  9. Yoshi's Woolly World
  10. Splatoon


ShyGuyApril 20, 2017


Good for you 1 2 Switch!
Good for you Bomberman!

Take that haters!
I bought neither

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