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Nintendo Sales Panic: April 2017 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - May 18, 2017, 3:39 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo, NPD Group

The Switch time-on-shelf continues to be measured in minutes. UPDATED WITH NPD INFO.

An early report from Nintendo ahead of tomorrow's public US sales estimates release shows that the Switch is continuing to sell as fast as it can be stocked.

According to NPD Group estimates, the Switch sold more than 280,000 units in the United States alone in the period of April 2 - 29. Combined with 68,000+ units sold for 3DS systems, Nintendo composed nearly half of the dedicated gaming hardware sales in the US during the reporting period (the remainder being largely split in some proportion between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One).

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's massive opening day continued on the last day of the reporting period as the upgraded racer sold more than 460,000 copies in its first two days of physical sale. Digital sales represented an additional 90,000 copies in the first two days, bringing MK8 Deluxe's total in the US to north of 550,000. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch was also the third best selling single game in April.

UPDATE: The NPD has released their report, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the number one game in the combined formats chart with Breath of the Wild at #3 (Persona 5 for PlayStation 4 and PS3 in between). Lego City Undercover was #13 in the combined format charts for its multiplatform (including Switch) release, while recent Switch eShop release Minecraft was 20th combined. The recently discontinued NES Classic Mini was the #2 best selling piece of hardware in April, with its last shipment beating the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The portable and Switch rankings are below, though a Wii U chart was not provided:

Switch

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Lego City Undercover
  4. 1-2 Switch
  5. Puyo Puyo Tetris
  6. Super Bomberman R
  7. The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+
  8. Just Dance 2017
  9. Skylanders Imaginators

Portables (3DS)

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

Talkback

EnnerMay 17, 2017

Demand is still hot.

Bumping for rankings. Interesting to note that Lego City Undercover was 3rd on Switch, 13th overall, and *nowhere* on the PS/XB top 10.

Also, it was mostly because of Xbox One backwards compatibility, but the #10 combined format game for April was Call of Duty Black Ops... II. Yeah, the Wii U launch game.

Evan_BMay 18, 2017

Why do we continue to call this "sales panic" when the demand for Nintendo's products is finally high again? Don't say it's because "panic" has multiple interpretations, because it clashes with the norm and that makes me irate.

ShyGuyMay 18, 2017

Quote from: Evan_B

Why do we continue to call this "sales panic" when the demand for Nintendo's products is finally high again? Don't say it's because "panic" has multiple interpretations, because it clashes with the norm and that makes me irate.

BUT CAN THEY SUSTAIN THE PACE???? NINTENDO GOING THIRD PARTY!!!!

Quote from: Evan_B

Why do we continue to call this "sales panic" when the demand for Nintendo's products is finally high again? Don't say it's because "panic" has multiple interpretations, because it clashes with the norm and that makes me irate.

In the proud tradition of Doki Doki Panic, because since I adopted the name it's felt like the sales have been a dream or a nightmare every month.

LemonadeMay 18, 2017

Im so glad the Switch is selling well

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