Zelda: Skyward Sword HD #1, PS5 Takes Dollar Sales Crown Back from XSX in July Per NPD

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD

The NPD Group has released their full North American sales data for July 2021, and it was a good month for the industry, with players spending $4.6 billion on games, additional content, and hardware, representing a year-on-year increase of 10 percent. On the hardware front, the PS5 came out on top in terms of dollar sales (rebounding after coming second to Xbox Series X/S in June) while Switch was again #1 in total unit sales. Overall, it was the most lucrative July for video game hardware sales since the heyday of the Wii in 2008.

For software, it was a good month for Nintendo, as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD topped the chart and Monster Hunter Stories 2 came in at the third position. The only other new addition to the charts was NEO: The World Ends with You, which debuted at #16. Meanwhile, top June debut Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart dropped to #11, while Mario Golf: Super Rush actually held stronger at #6, perhaps showing the PS5 still doesn’t have the install base to give exclusives long-term legs.

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Here are July's top 20 games according to NPD:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  3. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  5. Minecraft
  6. Mario Golf: Super Rush
  7. MLB The Show 21
  8. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  11. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  12. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  13. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2)
  14. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  15. Mortal Kombat 11
  16. Neo: The World Ends with You
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  18. Pokémon Sword & Shield
  19. Resident Evil Village
  20. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

And here are the top-10 best-selling games of 2021 thus far:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. MLB The Show 21
  3. Resident Evil Village
  4. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
  5. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  6. Monster Hunter Rise
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  8. Minecraft
  9. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Can anything stop the Switch steamroller? When even a remaster of a game like Skyward Sword, which has its fans, but certainly isn’t universally praised, can top the charts, you know you’re hot.

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