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

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


  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

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

Top 10 best-selling games of 2018 so far

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Madden NFL 19**
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Call of Duty: WWII
  7. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  8. Mario Kart 8
  9. NBA 2K18
  10. Super Mario Odyssey

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

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

Top 20 best selling games of August

  1. Madden NFL 19**
  2. Monster Hunter: World
  3. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Mario Kart 8*
  6. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  7. God of War
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*
  11. Minecraft
  12. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  13. Far Cry 5
  14. Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate
  15. Call of Duty: WWII
  16. Mario Tennis Aces*
  17. Overwatch**
  18. Lego The Incredibles
  19. We Happy Few*
  20. The Crew 2

*No digital sales
**No PC digital sales

Hardware and accessories

New month, same hardware story. Every platform holder continues to get good news in these reports.

“Hardware spending in August 2018 grew 28 percent when compared to a year ago, to $214 million,” said Piscatella. “PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and plug-and-play devices such as the NES Classic Edition all posted year-on-year gains.”

In fact, the month was effectively a tie in terms of dollars sales between the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. So while August was a month when Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft could hold hands, 2018 is looking like a year for them to all go to the bank together.

“For the 2018 year-to-date period, hardware spending has increased 22 percent to $2.1 billion,” said Piscatella. “Spending gains for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and plug-and-play devices such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic have driven growth. Hardware spending remains at its highest level achieved since 2011.”

Nintendo hardware sales are at their strongest point year-to-date since 2011. PlayStation 4 is still the best-selling console platform of 2018. And the plug-and-play systems grew by a factor of 21 year-over-year. They are now up 400 percent over 2017 year-to-date.



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