August 2020 NPD: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon Sword continue being best-selling games

The NPD Group has revealed which games were top sellers in the U.S. for August 2020, including Pokémon Sword and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The full results in each relevant category are as follows:

The top 20 best-selling games of the month in the U.S.

All Platforms
Rank Last Month Rank August 2020 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
2 NEW UFC 4 Electronic Arts
3 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Activision Blizzard (Corp)
4 1 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
5 5 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
6 6 Ring Fit Adventure Nintendo
7 8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* Nintendo
8 9 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
9 3 Paper Mario: The Origami King* Nintendo
10 7 Mortal Kombat 11 Warner Bros. Interactive
11 12 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
12 4 The Last of Us: Part II Sony (Corp)
13 11 Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition Microsoft (Corp)
14 NEW PGA Tour 2K21* Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
15 14 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe* Nintendo
16 27 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
17 13 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege Ubisoft
18 26 Super Mario Odyssey* Nintendo
19 41 Final Fantasy VII: Remake Square Enix Inc (Corp)
20 34 Luigi’s Mansion 3* Nintendo

*Does not include Nintendo eShop digital sales

Top 10 best-selling games so far this year

All Platforms
Rank Last Month Rank Year-to-Date Ending August 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 2 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
3 3 The Last of Us: Part II Sony (Corp)
4 4 Final Fantasy VII: Remake Square Enix Inc (Corp)
5 5 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
6 NEW Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
7 6 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Bandai Namco Entertainment
8 7 MLB: The Show 20 Sony (Corp)
9 9 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* Nintendo
10 10 Mortal Kombat 11 Warner Bros. Interactive

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

All Platforms
Rank Last Month Rank 12 Months Ending August 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 3 Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order Electronic Arts
3 2 Madden NFL 20 Electronic Arts
4 4 NBA 2K20* Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
5 5 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
6 6 The Last of Us: Part II Sony (Corp)
7 7 FIFA 20 Electronic Arts
8 8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* Nintendo
9 9 Pokemon: Sword* Nintendo
10 10 Luigi’s Mansion 3* Nintendo

Top 10 Nintendo Switch games for the month

Nintendo Switch
Rank Last Month Rank August 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 2 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
2 3 Ring Fit Adventure Nintendo
3 4 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe* Nintendo
4 5 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
5 1 Paper Mario: The Origami King* Nintendo
6 6 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
7 7 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe* Nintendo
8 9 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
9 8 Super Mario Odyssey* Nintendo
10 12 Luigi’s Mansion 3* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

“Digital content on console platforms, mobile content, and subscription spending were among the largest growth segments,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Year-to-date spending reached $29.4 billion, 23% higher than the same period in 2019. Content, hardware, and accessory spending each increased by more than 20% when compared to the same period a year ago.”

“Video game content spending reached $2.9 billion in August 2020, increasing 37% when compared to a year ago,” Piscatella said. “Year-to-date content spending now exceeds $25.9 billion, a 22% increase compared to the same period last year.”

Source: VentureBeat.com

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