A relatively quiet month for the Switch and the release of a series that ignored Nintendo consoles for a decade led to a slight drop in Nintendo sales in the United States, according to the latest NPD Group sales survey.
Data is July 31 through August 26, based on dollars unless otherwise noted, publishers can provide numerical data, but Nintendo cannot.
The hardware saw the PlayStation 5 take the top honors in dollars and unit sales, beating the Switch which had held the unit sales crown for the previous six months (February -> July). The Switch still leads in unit sales for the year, although no specific unit count was provided.
There were no major retail releases for the Switch during the period and only one first-party release (the $20 digital-only Kirby’s Dream Buffet), so the catalog titles ranked in top 20 software rankings. For the first part, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe topped the Switch-eligible releases in 6th, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 held on in 10th after a 4th place in the July report, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ranked 16th, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 18th, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus 20. Third parties registered with Minecraft (7th), LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (8th), MLB The Show 22 (9th ), Digimon Survive (11th), and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (19th). The two best sellers overall were the annual Madden release and the Saints Row reboot at 1 and 2.
The top 10 Switch sellers of the period:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Nintendo Switch Sports
- Digimon Survive (Bandai Namco)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Minecraft (Microsoft)
The September five-week report will contain the first noted U.S. sales for the TMNT Cowabunga Collection (August 30), NBA 2k23, and Splatoon 3 (September 9), among others.