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A slow month for new releases all around meant surprising strength for recent Nintendo releases in the latest NPD survey results for the US.
All data is based on dollar sales from May 1-28, unless otherwise stated; digital sales for third-party titles are counted, but not the first part of Nintendo.
Hardware saw the Switch maintain its lead in the unit sales race, and it was also the best seller of the month based on dollar sales. Switch is also the top-selling platform in the US by units this year, although the $399/$499 Xbox Series is still the dollar sales leader.
The software had a new release in the top 20: the Evil Dead shooter released later on Switch was the fourth bestseller of the month. Nintendo Switch Sports – despite its lower price – was #3, behind Elden Ring (#1) and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (#2 and #3 on Switch). Other Nintendo titles in the top 20: Kirby and the Forgotten Land #6, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe #8, Pokemon Legends: Arceus #10, Animal Crossing New Horizons #13, Super Smash Bros Ultimate #14, Mario Party Superstars #17, and Pokemon Shiny Diamond/Shiny Pearl #18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rounds out Switch’s top 10 sales chart.
Third parties joining Lego Star Wars in the top 20 were: MLB The Show 22 #5, Minecraft #11, FIFA 22 #16 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim #20 (driven by sales during the month).