August 2021 NPD: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon Sword and Shield reappear among the best-selling games on Nintendo Switch

The NPD Group has revealed which games were top sellers in the U.S. for August 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 August 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 NEW Madden NFL 22 Electronic Arts
2 110 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
3 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
4 NEW Humankind Sega
5 8 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
6 4 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
7 1 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword* Nintendo
8 5 Minecraft Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
9 20 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
10 7 MLB: The Show 21^ Sony (Corp)
11 10 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
12 9 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
13 11 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Sony (Corp)
14 12 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
15 18 Pokemon: Sword/Shield* Nintendo
16 15 Mortal Kombat 11 Warner Bros. Interactive
17 14 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
18 17 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
19 6 Mario Golf: Super Rush* Nintendo
20 23 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox Digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling games of the year so far

Rank Last Month Rank Year-to-Date Ending August 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 MLB: The Show 21^ Sony (Corp)
3 3 Resident Evil: Village Capcom USA
4 NEW Madden NFL 22 Electronic Arts
5 4 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
6 5 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
7 7 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
8 6 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
9 8 Minecraft Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
10 9 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox Digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

Rank Last Month Rank 12 Months Ending August 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 3 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
3 2 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
4 4 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
5 5 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
6 7 NBA 2K21* Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
7 8 Marvel’s Avengers Square Enix Inc (Corp)
8 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
9 9 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
10 10 FIFA 21 Electronic Arts
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 Nintendo games for the month

Rank Last Month Rank August 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 3 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
2 1 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword* Nintendo
3 5 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
4 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
5 9 Pokémon: Sword/Shield* Nintendo
6 7 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
7 8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
8 4 Mario Golf: Super Rush* Nintendo
9 10 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
10 11 Minecraft* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

“August 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories grew 7% when compared to a year ago, reaching an August record $4.4 billion,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Year-to-date consumer spending totaled $37.9 billion, a 13% increase when compared to the same period in 2020.”

Source: VentureBeat.com

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