‘Mario Tennis Aces’ And NES Classic Top The Best-Selling Video Games And Hardware Of June

The NES Classic Edition was the best-selling console in June, with Mario Tennis Aces the best-selling video game. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The NPD has released its monthly report of best-selling video game software, hardware and accessories for June, 2018. This report covers US spending only and while the NPD tracks digital sales, it doesn’t track all digital sales for all companies, so take the following numbers with that in mind.

Overall, June spending grew 25% over the same month last year to $1.1 billion. Growth was driven by spending in Hardware and Accessories Game Cards while spending on actual video games was slightly down.

Year-to-date spending across all categories is  up 17% compared to the same time period in 2017 to $6 billion. The largest growth category for 2018 so far is Accessories Game Cards.

We’ll kick things off with the best-selling lists and then move on to the numbers. In the following lists an asterisk (*) means that NPD doesn’t track digital sales and this mark ^ means they don’t track PC sales.

Best-Selling Games of June (2018)

  1. Mario Tennis Aces*
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. The Crew 2
  5. Far Cry 5
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. LEGO Incredibles
  8. FIFA 18^
  9. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  10. Detroit: Become Human
  11. Super Mario Odyssey*
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  13. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  14. NBA 2K18
  15. Call of Duty: WWII
  16. MLB 18: The Show
  17. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  18. Vampyr*
  19. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
  20. State of Decay 2

Notice here that Grand Theft Auto V—which is quite literally always on the best-selling list month after month—is in the #3 spot for June. That’s incredibly high for a game that’s five years old.

Nintendo had a great month with both Mario Tennis Aces (#1) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#6) performing incredibly well. Ubisoft is also doing incredibly well with Far Cry 5 (#5) and The Crew 2 (#4) still going strong.

Notably absent from this and any other list for June is PUBG, the battle royale mega-hit that topped many best-seller lists in 2017. Also absent is Fortnite: Battle Royale, the free-to-play game that’s making over $300 million a month which NPD doesn’t track. (I’ll have a digital sales report up soon with those numbers.)

Best-Selling Games Year-To-Date (2018)

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. NBA 2K18
  9. MLB 18: The Show
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*

Far Cry 5, God of War and Monster Hunter World continue to compete for 2018 dominance, while Activision’s Call of Duty: WWII remains a strong contender despite having launched last year. Of course, don’t forget GTAV at #6. Dragon Ball: FighterZ remains a strong seller as well. Monster Hunter World may see a boost in August as the PC version of that game launches this month.

12-Month Revolving Best-Sellers

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2^
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Super Mario Odyssey*
  6. Far Cry 5
  7. Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017^
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  10. God of War 2018

For the 12 month period beginning last June, the top 5 sellers are all titles that launched in 2017. Out of all the top 10 games in this category, only Far Cry 5 (#6) and God of War (#10) launched in 2018.

Software

Total spending on console, portable and PC video games was $374 million in June, down 1% compared to last year. Year-to-date Software spending is up 6% to $2.6 billion.

Nintendo had a big win in June with Mario Tennis Aces nabbing the best-selling spot of the month. It was also the highest-selling tennis game in a single month in NPD’s tracking history.

God of War continues to be a smash hit pulling down the number 2 spot for June. Sony’s PS4 exclusive is also the 2nd best-selling game of the year-to-date, trailing only Far Cry 5.

The Nintendo Switch was the only software platform to see growth in June, more than doubling the software sales of June one year ago. Software sales on the Switch have more than doubled year-to-date as well. Important to note here that the NPD Group does not track digital sales for Nintendo.

Genre-wise, Action games are up 30% year-to-date; racing games are up 22%; and shooters are up 13% over a year ago.

The NPD notes that sales performance is improving thanks to re-releases, with sales growth of over 150% compared to a year ago on “GOTY/Complete/Remastered/Definitive/Legendary/Anniversary editions.”

Nintendo was June’s top-selling publisher. Ubisoft is the top publisher year-to-date.

Hardware

Hardware spending grew a whopping 52% in June compared to last year up to $350 million. Sales were driven by Fortnite, E3 promotions and the NES Classic.

In fact, the NES Classic was the top-selling system by units sold, while the PS4 was the top-selling system in terms of dollar sales. This is the first time a Nintendo Entertainment System has topped the charts since NPD began tracking in 1995.

Meanwhile, Xbox One hardware dollar sales nearly doubled in June compared to last year and Switch sales were up 50%. The PlayStation 4 remains the top-selling console of the year-to-date.

Accessories Game Cards

Total spending in this category was up 38% in June over a year ago to $353 million, a record high for June.

Year-to-date the Accessories Game Cards category is up 31% to $1.8 billion, with Game Card spending at an all-time high. Year-to-date spending on Headsets and Gamepads have also achieved all-time record highs for June. Headset sales have doubled compared to last June with an 86% increase in spending year-to-date.

Year-to-date sales of Memory Cards are up 135% over 2017.

  • Best-selling headset: Xbox One Ear Force Stealth 600 Wireless Headset (Turtle Beach)
  • Best-selling gamepad: PS4 DualShock 4 Black
  • Best-selling hard drive: Seagate’s Xbox One 2TB USB 3.0 Game Drive

That’s all folks

Thanks for stopping by, as always. These are always fascinating statistics, though I wish we’d get a clearer portrait of digital and PC sales from NPD’s reports.

You can check out the top selling games and hardware for previous months in the links below:

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