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January 2018 NPD: Monster Hunter: World Top Selling Game, Nintendo Switch Tops Hardware

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The January 2018 NPD Report is out and we now know how the video game industry performed in the first month of the new year. Revenues in January were up 59 percent year-over-year and in total generated $1.096 billion.

The overall best selling game for the month was Monster Hunter: World from Capcom even though it didn’t launch until January 26. “Sales of Monster Hunter: World represent an all-time launch month high for the Monster Hunter franchise in the U.S.,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said.

Here are the numbers for January 2018:

  • Total: $1.096 billion (up 59 percent from $690 million in January 2017)
  • Hardware: $278 million (up 119 percent from $127 million)
  • PC and console software: $517 million (up 51 percent from $343 million)
  • Accessories: $301 million (up 37 percent from $220 million)

The NPD now reports PC and console software sales together. The report doesn’t cover total market spend, and it is missing certain data. It is more of a snapshot of the market as a whole, using data from participating publishers and platforms.

Software

Overall

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds*
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. Super Mario Odyssey**
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  9. Mario Kart 8**
  10. Madden NFL 18
  11. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
  12. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  13. UFC 3
  14. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  15. FIFA 18*
  16. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
  17. The Sims 4*
  18. Splatoon 2**
  19. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
  20. Need for Speed: Payback*

* No PC digital sales
** No digital sales

Xbox One

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. Dragon Ball Fighterz
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  10. UFC 3

PlayStation 4

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Dragon Ball Fighterz
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. Madden NFL 18
  7. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  9. UFC 3
  10. FIFA 18

Nintendo Switch**

  1. Super Mario Odyssey
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Pokken Tournament DX
  6. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  8. ARMS
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  10. Doom 2016

Nintendo 3DS**

  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  3. Mario Kart 7
  4. Mario Party: The Top 100
  5. Minecraft
  6. Super Mario Maker
  7. Super Smash Bros.
  8. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
  9. New Super Mario Bros. 2
  10. Kirby: Battle Royale

The best-selling games over the last 12 months

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2*
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
  8. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  9. Super Mario Odyssey**
  10. Mario Kart 8**

As far as hardware goes the Nintendo Switch was the top selling console in the US for the month although the PS4 and Xbox One both performed well too. While the Switch was the top selling console it was Sony’s PlayStation 4 that generated the most revenue. Overall over 1 million consoles were sold for the month which is the highest in a January since January 2011.

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Justin Oneil
One of Head Writers and PR here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games. You can find me on all the current consoles and on my twitter account.
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Justin Oneil

One of Head Writers and PR here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games. You can find me on all the current consoles and on my twitter account.