March 2021 NPD: Pokémon Sword and Shield, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and more Nintendo Switch games continue being bestsellers

The NPD Group has revealed which games were top sellers in the U.S. for March 2021, including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon Sword and Shield. The full results in each relevant category are as follows:

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

Rank Last Month Rank March 2021 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 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 NEW Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
3 NEW Outriders Square Enix Inc (Corp)
4 1 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
5 4 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
6 9 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
7 7 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
8 10 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
9 16 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
10 8 Minecraft Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
11 11 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
12 14 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
13 19 Pokemon: Sword/Shield* Nintendo
14 15 Mortal Kombat 11 Warner Bros. Interactive
15 65 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Activision Blizzard (Corp)
16 20 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
17 5 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
18 13 NBA 2K21* Take-Two Interactive
19 22 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
20 12 FIFA 21 Electronic Arts
* Digital sales not included

Top 20 best-selling games of the year so far

Rank Year-to-Date Ending March 2021 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: Black Ops Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 2 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
3 3 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
4 NEW Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
5 4 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
6 7 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
7 6 Minecraft Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
8 5 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
9 8 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
10 NEW Outriders Square Enix Inc (Corp)
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

Rank Last Month Rank 12 Months Ending March 2021 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: Black Ops Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 4 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
3 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
4 5 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
5 6 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
6 3 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
7 7 The Last of Us: Part II Sony (Corp)
8 8 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
9 9 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
10 10 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 Nintendo Switch games for the month

Rank Last Month Rank March 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
2 1 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
3 2 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
4 3 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
5 5 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
6 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
7 7 Pokemon: Sword/Shield* Nintendo
8 8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
9 10 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
10 16 Luigi’s Mansion 3* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

“March 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories reached a March record $5.6 billion,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said.”[That is] 18% higher when compared to a year ago.”

Source: VentureBeat.com

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