The June 2021 NPD report has just been released, and in addition to explaining the figures for the month, it also summarizes game sales performance in the United States for the first six months of 2021.
Despite the arrival of the Xbox Series X (and S) and Sony PlayStation 5, the Switch was the best-selling gaming platform in the United States for the first half of the year – in terms of unit sales and total sales in dollars. In the first half of 2021, consumer spending reached a total of $ 28.9 billion, an increase of 15% compared to the first six months of 2020.
June came as a surprise, too, with the Xbox Series X and S being the best-selling hardware platform in terms of sales in dollars – however, when it comes to units sold, Switch remained in first place. It’s also worth noting that PlayStation 5 remains the fastest selling console console hardware platform in U.S. history, based on sales for life after 8 months on sale (this excludes laptops).
June saw sales of video game hardware jump by 112% year-on-year, reaching a total of $ 401 million – according to NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella, this is the highest total realized in a month of June since 2008 ($ 617M).
In terms of software, Sony’s exclusive PS5 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart it was June’s best-selling game on the chart of all formats, meanwhile Mario Golf: Super Rush had to settle for 3rd place – even so, sales dollars in the month of launch were the highest ever achieved by a Mario Golf game, beating the total set by the 2003 GameCube release, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe held on to 7th place in the July-June sales chart, meanwhile Animal Crossing: New Horizons he dropped from 9th to 11th place. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, on the other hand, a position was increased from 14 to 13. Super Mario 3D World + Fury by Bowser fell two places from 13th to 15th while Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokémon Sword & Shield they were found in 18th and 19th place respectively.
For Nintendo’s sales card – it’s just games sold on Nintendo platforms – the healthy June’s top ten was made up of titles released by Nintendo. The only third-party offer was Minecraft in 10th place, which is published by Nintendo on Switch.