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

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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)
Software

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.

Hardware

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.


Rankings

Overall
  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

Xbox One

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. Dragon Ball Fighterz
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  10. UFC 3
PlayStation 4
  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Dragon Ball Fighterz
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. Madden NFL 18
  7. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  9. UFC 3
  10. FIFA 18
Nintendo Switch**
  1. Super Mario Odyssey
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Pokken Tournament DX
  6. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  8. ARMS
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  10. Doom 2016
Nintendo 3DS**
  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  3. Mario Kart 7
  4. Mario Party: The Top 100
  5. Minecraft
  6. Super Mario Maker
  7. Super Smash Bros.
  8. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
  9. New Super Mario Bros. 2
  10. Kirby: Battle Royale
 

Abriael

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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.
 

MrCafecito

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

Judge

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

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

Fork

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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.
 

MechaX

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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.
 

LegendofLex

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

edit: serious question-

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.
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%?

Wow all Nintendo in that chart switch chart besides the two Bethesda games. That bodes well.
Good month for all 3!
To be fair, there aren't a ton of Switch games at retail.
 

Jawmuncher

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The talk here sounds like Monster Hunter World was a huge hit even on Xbox One. Glad to see the series doing well everywhere.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Need more info on MHW, how much more did it sell compared to the second best entry? I assume is quite big.

2x more?
 

Sterok

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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.
 

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

Monty Mole

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

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NotLiquid

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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.
 

Nolbertos

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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.
 

Nav

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

Benji

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Incredible performance for the entire industry all around.

Amazing how healthy everything is.
 

Starphanluke

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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).
 
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 ain't slowing down momentum anytime soon. Also great to have Capcom back in form and for ArcSys' talents to finally be recognized.
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!
 

Boiled Goose

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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...
 

MrCafecito

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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.
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.
 

Phendrift

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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.

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

Paradox House

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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.