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NPD March 2019: The Division 2 #1, Sekiro #2, MLB 19 #3, DMC5 #4. Switch #1 Hardware

ZhugeEX

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Thanks to the NPD Group and Mat Piscatella for the breakdown. Note. This NPD report only covers the U.S. Video Games Market.

Here are the numbers for March 2019:
  • Total: $1.179 billion (Down 11% from $1.325 billion in March 2018)
  • Hardware: $282 million (Down 15% from $331 million)
  • PC and console software: $547 million (Down 11% compared to 617 million)
  • Accessories: $349 million (Down 7% from $377 million)

March 2019 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards totaled $1.2 billion, declining 11 percent when compared to a year ago. Declines were experienced across all segments.


Software (All notes refer to dollar sales)

First quarter dollar sales of tracked console, portable and PC video game software totaled $1.5 billion, 2 percent higher when compared to a year ago.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 was the best-selling game of March 2019 and is now the second best-selling game of 2019. Launch month sales of Tom Clancy's The Division 2 are the sixth highest in history for an Ubisoft-published game.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was the second best-selling game of March, and now ranks as the eigth best-selling game of the year. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice represents the second highest launch month sales for a FromSoftware game, trailing only Dark Souls III which released in the April 2016 tracking period.

MLB 19: The Show debuts as the third best-selling game of March. Launch month sales of MLB 19: The Show are the highest in franchise history, and also set a new all-time high for a baseball genre game.

Devil May Cry 5 ranks fourth on the March best-sellers list, with the second highest launch month sales in franchise history, trailing only the February 2008 debut of Devil May Cry 4.

Kingdom Hearts III is now the best-selling game in franchise history with lifetime sales now exceeding those of the previous best in the franchise, Kingdom Hearts, which was released in the September 2002 tracking period.


Hardware & Accessories

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of both March as well as the first quarter across both unit and dollar sales.

Gamepads were the best-selling accessory type for the month, with single-digit percentage growth when compared to a year ago.

First quarter spending on accessories and game cards increased 2 percent when compared to a year ago, to $929 million. As with March, gamepads represent the best-selling accessory type.

The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Black is the best-selling gamepad of 2019 in both unit and dollar sales.

Software Rankings


Top 20 best selling titles (March 2019) - Includes Physical and Digital sales
  1. Tom Clancy's The Division 2^
  2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
  3. MLB 19: The Show
  4. Devil May Cry 5
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  6. Red Dead Redemption II
  7. NBA 2K19
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Yoshi's Crafted World*
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
  11. Anthem^
  12. Mario Kart 8*
  13. Jump Force
  14. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  15. Far Cry New Dawn
  16. Minecraft#
  17. Battlefield V^
  18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  19. Borderlands
  20. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included
# Minecraft digital sales on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One included

Top 10 best selling titles (Year to Date 2019)
  1. Kingdom Hearts III
  2. Tom Clancy's The Division 2^
  3. Anthem^
  4. Resident Evil 2 2019
  5. Red Dead Redemption II
  6. Jump Force
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
Top 10 PS4 titles (March 2019)
  1. Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  2. MLB 19: The Show
  3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  4. Devil May Cry 5
  5. Red Dead Redemption II
  6. NBA 2K19
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  8. Jump Force
  9. Marvel's Spider-Man
  10. Grand Theft Auto V
Top 10 Xbox One titles (March 2019)
  1. Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  3. Devil May Cry 5
  4. Anthem
  5. Red Dead Redemption II
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. NBA 2K19
  9. Battlefield V
  10. Far Cry New Dawn
Top 10 Switch titles (March 2019)
  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  2. Yoshi's Crafted World*
  3. Mario Kart 8*
  4. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Super Mario Party*
  7. Super Mario Odyssey*
  8. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
  9. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
  10. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
 

Winterreise

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Feb 28, 2018
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Still sad I missed out on the specific hardware numbers yesterday.

I believe it was stated that the Switch had the best Q1 of any console of this generation?
 

DecoReturns

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Oct 27, 2017
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Move over Mario.

4 Nintendo titles in the top 20 feature Yoshi.

Yoshi is the true face of Nintendo.
 

sir_crocodile

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Oct 25, 2017
10,354
All those new switch users buying Smash, BOTW....and MK8 DX/NSMBU DX.

I've said it before, but those Wii U ports were a fantastic idea. It's practically a new audience.
 

ArmGunar

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Oct 30, 2017
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MLB 19: The Show debuts as the third best-selling game of March. Launch month sales of MLB 19: The Show are the highest in franchise history, and also set a new all-time high for a baseball genre game.
MLB 18 was the highest in franchise history last year, another growth for the franchise this year... incredible !
 

OrbitalBeard

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Oct 25, 2017
12,303
With the exception of November, 2018, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has charted in the NPD Top 20 for two straight years.
 

Toumari

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Oct 27, 2017
3,305
England
The Division 2 numbers doesn't include PC, so I'm guessing it would have knocked KH3 off the top as best selling of the year if it had them included.
 

sir_crocodile

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Oct 25, 2017
10,354
"MARCH RELEASE NOTE - Nintendo eShop Digital Full Game sales data for participating publishers is now included."

I assume Nintendo is one of those participating publishers?
 

Brass Body Dave

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Oct 25, 2017
12,307
Division 2 is the real deal, good to see it earning what it deserves. Probably GOTY. An absolute tour-de-force on every level, and didn't ship broken, either.
 

stealthyfrog

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Jan 6, 2019
7,561
Smash outselling Yoshi is surprising. Maybe a lot of people bought Smash Ultimate alongside a Switch during the Mar10 promotion.

Edit: Nvm not really, Yoshi launched at the end of the month
 

Mory Dunz

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Oct 25, 2017
19,606
Mario + Rabbids over splatoon.

edit:
was going to say due to the Mar10 day, but nope, M+R wasn't included in that
 

mas8705

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Oct 27, 2017
5,127
It's good to see that The Division 2 got a warm reception when it came out. Have been having lots of fun with it and hope for it to keep going.

Damn at Smash being 5th place...
In fairness, DMC and Sekiro are pretty good titles (alongside with the aforementioned Division 2). Not sure how The Show is up there, but since I usually skip the sports titles, I'm sure I'm missing a few details.
 

skittzo0413

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Oct 25, 2017
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Peleo

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Nov 2, 2017
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Smash at 7th place YTD is pretty good, game should have steady sales for a couple years, especially if they nail the Season Pass choices.
 

Mory Dunz

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Oct 25, 2017
19,606
Smash outselling Yoshi is surprising. Maybe a lot of people bought Smash Ultimate alongside a Switch during the Mar10 promotion.
not too surprising considering yoshi was march 29.

"MARCH RELEASE NOTE - Nintendo eShop Digital Full Game sales data for participating publishers is now included."

I assume Nintendo is one of those participating publishers?
I assume Nintendo is not one of those