NPD Stats Point’s To Nintendo Hardware’s Strongest Year Since 2011

NPD Stats Point’s To Nintendo Hardware’s Strongest Year Since 2011

NPD has released the gaming industry statistics for August 2018 and it has shed quite a bit of light on Nintendo’s amazing return to form after their Wii U blunder.

According to NPD’s statistics, the Nintendo Switch has seen a year-over-year sales growth but it wasn’t alone. Nintendo’s retro console, the NES Classic also saw year-over-year growths.

In fact, Nintendo home consoles (NES, SNES Classic included) helped drive part of plug-and-play console’s 400% yearly growth, as Nintendo made comparable sales to that of the PlayStation and Xbox. This makes it Nintendo’s strongest year since 2011*.

As for popular games on the Switch, here’s NPD’s ranking for Switch and 3DS games:

Nintendo Switch

  1. Mario Kart 8
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Monster Hunter: Generations Ultiamte
  5. Mario Tennis Aces
  6. Octopath Traveler
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  9. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  10. Minecraft


  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. WarioWare: Gold
  3. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Super Mario 3D Land
  7. Minecraft
  8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  9. Super Mario Maker
  10. Mario Party: The Top 100

You can read more of NPD’s statistics for August here.

*Corrected from 2001, we apologise for the typo on our part.

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