NPD January 2018: Monster Hunter World #1 SW, Nintendo switch #1 HW

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by ZhugeEX, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. ZhugeEX

    ZhugeEX 诸葛亮 - 卧龙 Administrator Original Poster

    Thanks to the NPD Group and Venturebeat for the breakdown.

    Here are the numbers for January 2018:
    • Total: $1.096 billion (up 59 percent from $690 million in January 2017)
    • Hardware: $278 million (up 119 percent from $127 million)
    • PC and console software: $517 million (up 51 percent from $343 million)
    • Accessories: $301 million (up 37 percent from $220 million)

    Dollar sales of Console, Portable and PC Games Software combined to reach $517 million in January 2018, up 51 percent versus a year ago. January dollar sales of software reached the highest total since the $549 million generated in January 2011.

    Monster Hunter: World was the month's top-selling title overall, while also leading on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. Sales of Monster Hunter: World represent an all-time launch month high for the Monster Hunter franchise in the U.S.

    Dragon Ball: Fighterz was the second best-selling game of January. Launch month sales of Dragon Ball: Fighterz were the highest for a Dragon Ball franchise release since Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, which released in December 2002. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse also made the January all platforms best-sellers chart, ranking at #16.

    Software sales on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC all achieved significant growth of over 40 percent in January when compared to a year ago. Capcom was January's leading publisher in software dollar sales.


    January hardware dollar sales of $278 million is the highest level achieved since the $323 million sold in January 2011. Over one million units of hardware sold in January 2018, also the highest tally since January 2011.

    PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One all performed well in the month of January. The Nintendo Switch sold the most systems, but Sony’s PlayStation 4 generated the most revenue. In dollar sales, the gap between the top-selling platform and the third best-selling was only 3 percent.

    January 2018 Nintendo 3DS hardware dollar sales are the best recorded for a January month since 2014, while unit sales were the highest since January 2013.


    1. Monster Hunter: World
    2. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
    3. Call of Duty: WWII
    4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds*
    5. Grand Theft Auto V
    6. NBA 2K18
    7. Super Mario Odyssey**
    8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
    9. Mario Kart 8**
    10. Madden NFL 18
    11. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
    12. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
    13. UFC 3
    14. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
    15. FIFA 18*
    16. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
    17. The Sims 4*
    18. Splatoon 2**
    19. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
    20. Need for Speed: Payback*
    * No PC digital sales
    ** No digital sales

    The best-selling games over the last 12 months
    1. Call of Duty: WWII
    2. NBA 2K18
    3. Destiny 2*
    4. Madden NFL 18
    5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
    6. Grand Theft Auto V
    7. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
    8. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
    9. Super Mario Odyssey**
    10. Mario Kart 8**

    Individual Charts
  2. Abriael

    Abriael Member

    Two Japanese games at the top of the chart.

    What a time to be alive :D

    Incidentally, Monster Hunter World beat PUBG on Xbox One, which means that it sold very, very well on Microsoft's console as well, and not just on PS4.
  3. #3
    Nice January.

  4. MrCafecito

    MrCafecito Member

    Switch was #1 even with MHW hype? Nice!
    Good to see Skyrim and Doom charting, Bethesda must be happy
  5. Judge

    Judge Vault-Tec Seal of Approval Moderator

    That’s a very interesting chart haha. Damn. Grats to MH and DBZ

    Don’t beating MS in revenue even with XB1X...damn!
  6. ILikeFeet

    ILikeFeet Member

    what is dead may never die
  7. Fork

    Fork Member

    Glad that Monster Hunter has finally conquered the west. Will pick up on a sale because Capcom games always go down in price and DB Fighterz takes too much of my time.
  8. LightKiosk

    LightKiosk Member

    I expected MHW to be #1 on PS4, but seeing it #1 on XBO as well is a pleasant surprise.
  9. MechaX

    MechaX Member

    That's damn good for Capcom, Nintendo, Sony, and Arc Systems/Bandai Namco. Ridiculously strong showings for Monster Hunter and DBFZ (possible that DBZ might break into the territory only MK/Injustice got to for fighting games).

    Dissidia being outsold by Xenoverse 1 is pretty dire though.
  10. #10
    Excellent month overall.
  11. Surface of Me

    Surface of Me Member

    "Monster Hunter World won't have a community on Xbox"
  12. LegendofLex

    LegendofLex Member

    I applaud the decision to capitalize "Fighterz" this way. Deliciously cheeky.

    edit: serious question-

    Does all = each, as in each platform saw growth of 40% or more? Or is it just saying that, when combined, software sales on these platforms were up 40%?

    To be fair, there aren't a ton of Switch games at retail.
  13. Jawmuncher

    Jawmuncher Crisis Dino - Snake for Smash Moderator

    The talk here sounds like Monster Hunter World was a huge hit even on Xbox One. Glad to see the series doing well everywhere.
  14. Neoxon

    Neoxon Community Resettler Member

    Congrats to Nintendo, Capcom, Arc System Works, & Bandai Namco for their respective wins this month.
  15. #15
    Need more info on MHW, how much more did it sell compared to the second best entry? I assume is quite big.

    2x more?
  16. Nibel

    Nibel Enfant terrible Administrator



  17. #17
    Wow all Nintendo in that chart switch chart besides the two Bethesda games. That bodes well.
    Good month for all 3!
  18. Lelouch0612

    Lelouch0612 Member

    Amazing month for everyone !

    The 3DS will never die lol.
  19. Servbot24

    Servbot24 Member

    Awesome to see those 2 games at the top.
  20. SweetNicole

    SweetNicole Community Manager Administrator

    PUBG @ #4 with no digital PC game sales is impressive.
  21. Sterok

    Sterok Member

    Strong for Monster Hunter and Dragon Ball. Is it really Xenoverse 1 on the charts? That would be a surprising rise. Nice to see Skyrim and Doom still charting on Switch. Odyssey, Zelda, and Mario Kart lumped together in one block will never not be amusing.
  22. MasterChumly

    MasterChumly Member

    Forgot it was NPD day.

    Big month all around it sounds like
  23. YuriLowell

    YuriLowell Member

    Dissidia NT bombed hard.
  24. Lelouch0612

    Lelouch0612 Member

    And the Ubisoft game :p
  25. ABIC

    ABIC Banned Member

    • User Banned (3 days): Inciting console wars. History of similar behavior.
    No one knew MHW was going to be a hit. There was no hype. That Switch is #1 doesn't have to be a surprise to you.

    It's crazy all the statements people make just to squeeze in a line about Switch.
  26. Monty Mole

    Monty Mole Member

    Only 3% gap in hardware revenue between PS4 and Xbox One with Switch sat in the middle. That's crazy stuff.

    Edit: Fixed
  27. NotLiquid

    NotLiquid Member

    Nintendo being the best selling hardware in January despite the one-two knock out combo of MonHun World and DBZF is pretty nuts to me. Seems clear to me that Switch is here to stay and ain't slowing down momentum anytime soon. Also great to see the MonHun gamble pay off and have Capcom back in form, and for ArcSys' talents to finally be recognized.
  28. Nolbertos

    Nolbertos Member

    Good job Nintendo. Capcom gamble of Monster Hunter paid off. Still want XX switch out West someday in English. Man, Switch is poised to be the next Wii.
  29. #29
    Oh yeah, that too. DOOM should be over 100k at retail shouldn’t it(didn’t it have like a 70k opening November?)

    Also Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still there Holy fuck the legs.
  30. Nav

    Nav Member

    How come Zelda is above Mario over last 12 months? Thar would mean lots of Mario sales have been digital compared with Zelda.
  31. The Silver

    The Silver Member

    I still can't believe GTA5 is still up there, that game is immortal
  32. darkside

    darkside Member

    Destiny 2 really fell off a cliff.
  33. Benji

    Benji US Sales Insider Member

    Incredible performance for the entire industry all around.

    Amazing how healthy everything is.
  34. Queen Kong

    Queen Kong Games before Dames Moderator

    Fighterz performed way better than I thought.
  35. Starphanluke

    Starphanluke Member

    Breath of the Wild just refuses to leave the top 10 and I'm honestly just so proud of it :'-)

    (GTA V, too, but that's a given at this point).
  36. Silky

    Silky Member

  37. SgtCobra

    SgtCobra Member

    People are not going to buy Xboxes and Playstations just for MHW. The Switch is also still the hottest system atm. It's no surprise really.
  38. Ridley327

    Ridley327 Member

    TBH, I doubt either of those titles are the kind that sell systems in the west. I don't think we'll see anything like that for either system until RDR2.

    Great results all the same, though!
  39. Puroresu_kid

    Puroresu_kid Member

    3DS will not die.

    Switch still trucking
  40. Boiled Goose

    Boiled Goose Member

    Wow. Skyrim still in switch top 10 and Doom back in top 10. Both full price still and Doom should get a boost in February due to patch.

    Not bad at all...
  41. Braaier

    Braaier Member

    Wow, that's close! So the Xbox one sold well too. I guess the PS4 pros sold pushed the PS4 just barely ahead on revenue.
  42. cw_sasuke

    cw_sasuke Member

    Happy to see the 3DS still performing well , great system and library.
  43. #43
    Forgot to mention,
    Monster Hunter World did damn GOOD on both consoles. Dragon Ball FighterZ did so as well. Excellent.
  44. Anth0ny

    Anth0ny Member

  45. Kill3r7

    Kill3r7 Member

    I think the order in revenue is PS4, Switch then X1.
  46. MrCafecito

    MrCafecito Member

    Wow what is up with the sudden aggresiveness?
    There was no hype? Don't be ridiculous, it had immense amounts of hype, especially in January, its launch month.
    It's crazy all the statements people make just to downplay the Switch.
  47. Phendrift

    Phendrift Member

    Damn, good job MHW and amazing month all around. Glad to see DOOM 2016 made it back into the Switch charts even before the patch.

    Yeah, Switch must’ve done really well in unit sales if the revenue gap was that small, given that the Pro and X are $100+ more than it.
  48. Paradox House

    Paradox House Member

    Great start to the year for the industry, Nintendo and Japanese development. Really good MH did well on xbox too despite the heavy marketing bias.
  49. FullMetalTech

    FullMetalTech Member

    MH really is a great game. Glad to see it doing so well. Overall im happy everyone did very well for it being January.
  50. Neoxon

    Neoxon Community Resettler Member

    Let’s not get too crazy here. There was definitely hype for MHW.