NPD reveals Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee launch sales are the second highest in franchise history after Pokéman Stadium

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

The best-selling games of November 2018 in the U.S.

NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but it also gets digital data directly from publishers. But not every company participates. For example, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not provide its sales.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales — not number of units sold. 

  1. Red Dead Redemption II
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII**
  3. Battlefield V**
  4. Fallout 76*
  5. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
  6. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
  7. NBA 2K19
  8. Madden NFL 19^
  9. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  10. FIFA 19**
  11. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  12. Super Mario Party*
  13. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  14. Mario Kart 8*
  15. WWE 2K19
  16. God of War 2018
  17. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
  18. Just Dance 2019
  19. Grand Theft Auto V
  20. Forza Horizon 4

*Does not include digital sales
**Does not include PC digital sales


Of course, Nintendo also launched new Pokémon games in November, and they broke into the top 10.

“Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee are the No. 5 and No. 6 best-selling games of November, respectively,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. “Launch month sales of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu are the second highest in franchise history, trailing only Pokéman Stadium, which launched on the Nintendo 64 in the March 2000 tracking period.”

It’s important to note that Nintendo doesn’t share digital sales with NPD, so the game should likely be higher on the list. Additionally, if you combine both Pikachu and Eevee, that single game would likely place higher on the sales chart.

Please note that Pokémon: Let’s Go sales totals include only physical sales, as digital sales are not currently reported for Nintendo published titles.

Top 10 Nintendo Switch (no digital)

  1. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu
  2. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee
  3. Super Mario Party
  4. Mario Kart 8
  5. Super Mario Odyssey
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  7. Just Dance 2019
  8. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  10. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Top 10 Nintendo 3DS (no digital)

  1. Luigi’s Mansion
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  3. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  4. Super Mario 3D Land
  5. Mario Kart 7
  6. Super Smash Bros.
  7. Minecraft
  8. Detective Pikachu
  9. Donkey Kong Country Returns
  10. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Here are results from November 2018

  • Total: $2.693 billion (flat from $2.706 billion in November 2017)
  • Hardware: $1.182 billion (up 3 percent from $1.147 billion)
  • PC and console software: $1.008 billion (down 15 percent from $1.188 billion)
  • Accessories and game cards: $503 million (up 35 percent from $371 million)

Results for 2018 year-to-date

  • Total: $13.214 billion (up 16 percent from $11.378 billion in 2017 year to date)
  • Hardware: $3.905 billion (up 14 percent from $3.441 billion)
  • PC and console software: $5.849 billion (up 9 percent from $5.369 billion)
  • Accessories: $3.46 billion (up 35 percent from $2.568 billion)

“Gains in hardware, accessories and game card spending were offset by a decline in software due to the shift of the launch Call of Duty into the October month,” Piscatella said. “Year-to-date spending across video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards has grown 16 percent when compared to the same period a year ago, to $13.2 billion. This is the highest year-to-date total spend achieved since the $13.9 billion achieved between January and November 2010.”


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