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Nintendo Sales Panic: US NPD Group December 2021 Results – News

With an annual ranking of the year in Switch.

The Switch had another monster in December in the US, according to the latest sales survey released by the NPD Group.

All monthly sales are based on the period from November 28 to January 1 and on a revenue basis, unless otherwise stated. Third parties may contribute to digital sales on the eShop although Nintendo themselves do not participate.

The hardware saw the Switch emerge as the best-selling hardware of December and the year as a whole in units, although no totals were specified. In terms of dollar sales, the Switch and PlayStation 5 were “effectively tied”, despite the PlayStation 5 selling for between $399 and $499 USD while the Switch ranges from $199 to $399.

The software saw Nintendo make a physical release during the period – December 3’s Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain, which was priced at US$29.99 and did not make the top 20. The best game Nintendo on the combined list was Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl, which in 3rd place only trailed the now Microsoft duo of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo Infinite. Other Nintendo software in the top 20: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 6th, Mario Party Superstars 8th, Animal Crossing: New Horizons 10th, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 12th, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury 19th and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 20th. Third-party titles in the top 20 were: NBA 2k22 9th, FIFA 22 11th, Minecraft 13th, Just Dance 2022 15th, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (cloud version only on Switch) 17th. The Switch top 10 had Just Dance between Nintendo-published titles, along with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Minecraft (Microsoft) completing the list.

NPD also provided a list of the best-selling games of 2021 in this report, and five Nintendo titles were in the top 20 there. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl was 4th, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 7th, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury 10th, Animal Crossing: New Horizons 14th, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 17th. For third parties, FIFA 22 was 12th, Minecraft 13th, NBA 2k22 15th, and Mortal Kombat 11 was 19th.

The top 20 Switch sales of 2021 in the US are below:

  1. Pokemon Shiny Diamond / Shiny Pearl
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  3. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  5. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  6. Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  8. Mario Party Superstars
  9. Pokemon Sword/Shield
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
  11. Metroid Dread
  12. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  13. New Pokemon Snap
  14. Minecraft (Microsoft)
  15. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  16. Super Mario Party
  17. Super Mario Odyssey
  18. Ring shaped adventure
  19. Mario Golf: Super Rush
  20. Luigi’s mansion 3