The NPD Group has released its March 2017 sales report for video game and hardware sales in the United States. We already knew that the Nintendo Switch had broken records for the company, with 960,000 systems sold in its debut month and 926,000 copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold on the Switch alone. The NPD's comments back up those original reports, showing the Switch ahead of the debut month sales of the Game Boy Advance.
"March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records.The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category," NPD analyst Sam Naji told GamesIndustry.
"In this debut month (month 1), the Nintendo Switch sold 31K more units than previous best-selling Nintendo month-1 platform, the Game Boy Advance, which released back in June 2001. The two Nintendo Switch SKUs, the 32GB Gray Joy-Con, followed by the 32GB Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con, were the best-selling systems for the month."
The Legend of Zelda wasn't strong enough to steal the top spot in March. Instead, the crown went to Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands. According to the NPD, Wildlands was the "best launch of any Ghost Recon title; and, after Tom Clancy's The Division, it was the second best launch of any Tom Clancy game."
The third place spot was taken by Mass Effect: Andromeda despite its issues. It was the second best launch of the franchise behind Mass Effect 3, which sold 1.3 million in its debut month. In fourth place was the other major exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn, which came in as Guerilla Games' best-selling launch, more than double of Killzone Shadow Fall.
Here's the full top 20 for the month:
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Record: Wildlands (Ubisoft)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
- Mass Effect: Andromeda (Electronic Arts)
- Horizon: Zero Dawn (Sony)
- MLB 17: The Show (Sony)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two)
- For Honor (Ubisoft)
- NBA 2K17 (Take-Two)
- Nier: Automata (Square Enix)
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 = 4.0 Remix (Square Enix)
- Battlefield 1 (Electronic Arts)
- 1-2 Switch (Nintendo) - 19% attach rate to the Switch.
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
- Overwatch (Activision Blizzard)
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft)
- Super Bomberman R (Konami)
- FIFA 17 (Electronic Arts)
- Lego Worlds (Warner Bros)
- Madden NFL 17 (Electronic Arts)
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