Nintendo Switch Crushes Competition in December 2018 NPD; RDR2 Beats Call of Duty for Best Selling Game of the Year

Jan 24, 2019
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December’s NPD report is out and the Nintendo Switch has apparently crushed the competition, although all console hardware sales gained in 2018 compared to 2017. In fact, both hardware unit sales and dollar sales reached their highest mark since 2009.

Nintendo Switch generated the highest December month hardware dollar sales for a single platform since the Nintendo Wii in December 2009 and achieved the highest December unit sales for a single platform since December 2010.

Nintendo Switch ends 2018 as the year’s best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars. Annual unit and dollar sales of Nintendo Switch are the highest annual total for any hardware platform since the PlayStation 4 in 2015.

On the software front, Nintendo registered another clear win as they were the highest software revenue generating publisher in 2018, for the first time since 2009 (again). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the best-selling game in December 2018 and even managed to set a new record when it comes to launch month dollar sales, beating the previous record set in 2010 by Halo Reach.

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Overall, though, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 snatched the title of best selling game of the year ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Here’s the full Top 20 of 2018:

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  3. NBA 2K19
  4. Madden NFL 19
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  6. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. God of War
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  11. Grand Theft Auto V
  12. Mario Kart 8
  13. FIFA 19
  14. Battlefield V
  15. Super Mario Odyssey
  16. Call of Duty: WWII
  17. Dragon Ball FighterZ
  18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  19. Super Mario Party
  20. Pokémon Let’s Go – Pikachu

Overall, monthly spending in December 2018 went up about 2 percent year-on-year. Annual spending, on the other hand, increased 13 percent compared to 2017. That’s mostly thanks to sales of accessories and game cards, which tracked to an all-time high in 2018 with gamepad and headphone/headset sales as the main drivers.

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