Mario Tennis Aces and NES Classic Edition Top the Nintendo-Heavy June NPD Charts


The NPD Group have released their full June sales data, and it seems it was a good month for The Big N. Consumers spent $1.08 billion on games and hardware, which is up 25 percent from $864 million last year. A lot of this increase can be attributed to a jump in hardware sales – this June, $350 million was spent on hardware, up 52 percent from the $231 million spent last year.

The surprisingly resilient NES Classic Edition, which returned to shelves in June, was the top console in terms of unit sales (the PS4 was top in terms of dollar sales). The Xbox One and Switch also did well – year over year Xbox One sales nearly doubled and Switch sales were up 50 percent.

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Moving onto software,  Nintendo served up a hit with Mario Tennis Aces, which topped NPD’s list. Other new additions include The Crew 2 at #4, Lego The Incredibles at #7, and Vampyr at #18. Meanwhile, God of War and Far Cry 5 stayed strong, and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy returned to the top 10 thanks to an Xbox One/Switch release, proving single-player games are far from dead. Oh, and May’s top game, State of Decay 2, has already dropped to #20. Ouch.

Here’s NPD’s full June software top 20:

  1. Mario Tennis Aces
  2. God of War
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. The Crew 2
  5. Far Cry 5
  6. Mario Kart 8
  7. Lego The 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

And here’s the updated list of the best-selling games of the past 12 months:

  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
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Assassin’s Creed Origins
  10. God of War

A rather quirky June – I wasn’t really expecting to the NES Classic to win the month! What about you? Surprised by any of NPD’s sales figures?