Madden NFL 20, Fire Emblem, and Switch Top Nintendo-Heavy July NPD Charts


The NPD Group have released their full North American sales data for July 2019, and it was a good month for Nintendo, as the Switch was on top again and the company claimed 6 of the top 10 spots on the software chart. That said, overall, it was a flat month for the industry with consumers spending $762 million on games and hardware, only slightly up from July 2018. Xbox One and PS4 sales continue to suffer, leading to a 22 percent year-on-year decline in hardware sales.

July’s software charts were topped by dependable old Madden NFL 20, while Nintendo grabbed the #2 and #4 spots with Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Fire Emblem did particularly well for itself, selling three times as many copies in its launch week than any previous game in the series.

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Here are July’s top-20 games according to NPD:

  1. Madden NFL 20
  2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. Super Mario Maker 2
  4. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
  5. Minecraft
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  8. Mortal Kombat 11
  9. Mario Kart 8
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  11. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  12. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  13. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  14. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
  15. Red Dead Redemption 2
  16. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  17. MLB 19: The Show
  18. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  19. NBA 2K19
  20. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

And here are the NPD best-sellers of 2019 so far:

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Kingdom Hearts III
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  4. Anthem
  5. Resident Evil 2
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Madden NFL 20
  9. Days Gone
  10. MLB 19: The Show

2019 continues to be Nintendo’s year and the winning streak should roll on as games like Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Pokemon Sword and Shield hit shelves. Meanwhile, it’s clear Microsoft and Sony need to launch new hardware sooner rather than later.

What games did you pick up last month? Anything about the July NPD numbers surprise you?