March NPD: Nintendo Sets Records With Switch and Zelda; Ghost Recon Wildlands Best Selling Title
The March NPD sales results have been published, and the Nintendo Switch has become Nintendo’s best-selling platform to date.
As covered by GamesIndustry.biz, the March US sales numbers are quite interesting and several records have been set during the month. Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands was the best-selling game in the US, and also experienced the best-ever Ghost Recon launch. Down below you’ll find the ten best-selling games in the US for March:
1.Tom Clancy’s Ghost Record: Wildlands **
2.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild *
3.Mass Effect: Andromeda **
4.Horizon: Zero Dawn *
5.MLB 17: The Show *
6.Grand Theft Auto V **
7.For Honor **
10.Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
* No Digital Sales ** No Origin, Battle.net, uPlay, or non-Steam sales
Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came in second and sold over 900.000 physical Nintendo Switch copies in the US in March. Not only did the new Zelda beat games such Mass Effect Andromeda and Horizon: Zero Dawn, the Zelda franchise became “the top-selling property of all time within the Adventure super genre, selling 54 percent more revenue than the next best-selling franchise, Resident Evil.”
The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US and became Nintendo’s best-selling platform to date, thereby beating the original Wii and the previous best-selling Nintendo month-1 platform, the Game Boy Advanced from 2001.
As commented by NPD analyst Sam Naji, and reported by GamesIndustry.biz, “March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records. The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category.”
PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn from developer Guerrilla Games sold twice as much units as Killzone 2, which should account for roughly 648.000 copies, becoming Guerrilla’s best debut ever.
BioWare’s Mass Effect Andromeda claimed the third spot in the US, and became the second best-selling Mass Effect game in the series after Mass Effect 3.
Interestingly, sales numbers for both Zelda BOTW and Horizon Zero Dawn don’t include digital sales, while digital sales for Wildlands and Mass Effect Andromeda are included.