NPD Group reveals Detective Pikachu, Pokémon Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon and Super Smash Bros are among the best-selling games of May 2018

The NPD Group has revealed which games were top sellers in the U.S. for May 2018, including Detective PikachuPokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The full results in each category are as follows:

Nintendo 3DS

  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  3. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Detective Pikachu
  7. Super Mario 3D Land
  8. Super Mario Maker
  9. Minecraft
  10. Mario Party: The Top 100

Nintendo Switch (physical only)

  1. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  2. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Ed
  3. Mario Kart 8
  4. Super Mario Odyssey
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Splatoon 2
  7. Kirby Star Allies
  8. Labo Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  10. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The best-selling games of 2018 so far

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War 2018
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. MLB 18: The Show
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds**

The best-selling games over the last 12 months

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2**
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Super Mario Odyssey*
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II**
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  10. FIFA 18*

*No digital sales included
**No PC digital sales included

Hardware and accessories

Sony’s PlayStation 4 continued its streak as the best-selling console year-to-date, though the other consoles didn’t do too shabby.

“Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo Switch all achieved all-time unit sales highs for a May month,” said Piscatella. “Previous highs were May 2016 for PlayStation 4, May 2015 for Xbox One, and May 2017 for Switch.”

Hardware spending was up 26 percent year-over-year, generating $186 million compared to 2017’s $147 million, thanks to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Accessories and game cards were also up 30 percent year-over-year, hitting $225 million versus 2017’s $174 million. People spent more on game cards than ever before, and accessories also generated the most revenue since 2011.

“Year-to-date sales of both headsets and gamepads have achieved all-time record highs. The previous year-to-date high spending for headsets occurred in 2011, gamepads 2016,” said Piscatella. “Sales of headsets/headphones more than doubled in May 2018 when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date, headsets/headphones spending has increased 83 percent.”

The sales for gamepads grew a more modest 16 percent year-over-year and 22 percent year-to-date, and the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller in black continues uncontested as the best-selling gamepad in May as well as year-to-date.



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