March 2018 NPD Numbers Announced

Well it is that time of the month again, the NPD group has announced the sales numbers for both software and hardware. Without further delay, let’s dive into these numbers. Here’s the rundown for the March 2018 NPD numbers.

The gaming industry as a whole by the numbers:
  • Total: $1.316 billion (down 11 percent from $1.478 billion in March 2017)
  • Hardware: $331 million (down 32 percent from $485 million)
  • PC and console software: $613 million (down 10 percent from $682 million)
  • Accessories: $372 million (up 20 percent from $310 million)​
Hardware Numbers:
  • Hardware spending in March 2018 declined 32 percent when compared to a year ago, to $331 million.
  • For the 2018 year to date period, hardware spending has increased 13 percent to $925 million, driven by growth in Xbox One spending. This is the highest year to date total achieved since 2014.
  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console hardware platform in March and remains the best-selling console hardware platform year to date.
  • The Nintendo Switch 32GB with Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con is the best-selling hardware item of both March as well as 2018 year to date.

What this means in layman’s terms is that the PS4 was the best selling console in March, with the Nintendo Switch 32GB bundle being the best selling individual SKU.

Now onto the exciting stuff which is software. Far Cry 5 takes the top spot selling the most copies of any title of 2018, taking the crown from Monster Hunter: World. Sea of Thieves is a success for Rare as it takes the number two spot in software and is the 8th best selling game of 2018. This is great news for the developers at Rare and hopefully, we will see more content coming down the pipeline to support these numbers.

Software
  1. Far Cry 5
  2. Sea Of Thieves
  3. MLB 18: The Show
  4. Kirby Star Allies*
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Call of Duty: WWII
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  9. NBA 2K18
  10. Monster Hunter: World
  11. Super Mario Odyssey*
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  13. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds**
  14. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  15. A Way Out**
  16. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  17. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  18. FIFA 18**
  19. Splatoon 2*
  20. UFC 3
Xbox One 
  1. Far Cry 5
  2. Sea Of Thieves
  3. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Monster Hunter: World
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. A Way Out
  9. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Playstation 4
  1. Far Cry 5
  2. MLB 18: The Show
  3. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Monster Hunter: World
  6. Call of Duty: WWII
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. A Way Out
  9. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  10. FIFA 18
Nintendo Switch
  1. Kirby Star Allies
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Splatoon 2
  6. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  7. Pokken Tournament DX
  8. Bayonetta 2
  9. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  10. ARMS
Nintendo 3DS
  1. Detective Pikachu
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  3. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Minecraft
  7. Super Mario Maker
  8. Super Mario 3D Land
  9. Kirby: Battle Royale
  10. Mario Party: The Top 100
Best Selling Games of 2018
  1. Far Cry 5
  2. Monster Hunter: World
  3. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds**
  8. Sea Of Thieves
  9. MLB 18: The Show
  10. Mario Kart 8*

Source: VentureBeat

Those are your NPD numbers for this month. You can check last month’s numbers right here. How many of these games did you buy?

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