August 2020 NPD Sales Report: Nintendo Switch Breaks Records While Madden and UFC Lead Strong Software Sales

The August 2020 NPD sales report for the US video game market is in and we have all the details about what the top selling hardware and software for the month were.

Total spending for the month reached $3.3 billion which was up 37% from what the market made in August 2019. Hardware spending came out to $229 million in August 2020 which is up 37% when compared to August 2019. The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of August in both units and spending. The Switch also set a new US August hardware dollar sales record which was previously set by the Nintendo Wii back in August 2008.

Software spending was very good in August and was led by Madden NFL 21 in the No.1 spot. Dollar sales saw a double-digit increase when compared to the release of Madden NFL 20. Madden NFL 21 instantly becomes the No.6 best-selling game of 2020. This is also the 21st consecutive year that a Madden NFL game was the best-selling game in the month it released.

Another sports game took the No.2 spot with that being EA’s UFC 4. It managed to set a new franchise launch month sales record for the publisher. It was the third best-selling game of August on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Ghost of Tsushima, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons round out the top five. One other notable callout is that Final Fantasy VII Remake managed to make it back into the top 20 after seeing a sales promotion.

Below you can see the full top 20 selling games for the month of August 2020 as well as the top 10 selling games on each platform, and the top ten selling games over the past 12 months.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games of August 2020

All Platforms
RankLast Month RankAugust 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 salesPublisher
1NEWMadden NFL 21Electronic Arts
2NEWUFC 4Electronic Arts
32Call of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision Blizzard (Corp)
41Ghost of TsushimaSony (Corp)
55Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
66Ring Fit AdventureNintendo
78Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*Nintendo
89Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
93Paper Mario: The Origami King*Nintendo
107Mortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive
1112The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*Nintendo
124The Last of Us: Part IISony (Corp)
1311Minecraft: PlayStation 4 EditionMicrosoft (Corp)
14NEWPGA Tour 2K21*Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
1514New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*Nintendo
1627Super Mario Party*Nintendo
1713Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: SiegeUbisoft
1826Super Mario Odyssey*Nintendo
1941Final Fantasy VII: RemakeSquare Enix Inc (Corp)
2034Luigi’s Mansion 3*Nintendo

Top 10 games of 2020 to date:

All Platforms
RankLast Month RankYear-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 salesPublisher
11Call of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision Blizzard (Corp)
22Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
33The Last of Us: Part IISony (Corp)
44Final Fantasy VII: RemakeSquare Enix Inc (Corp)
55Ghost of TsushimaSony (Corp)
6NEWMadden NFL 21Electronic Arts
76Dragon Ball Z: KakarotBandai Namco Entertainment
87MLB: The Show 20Sony (Corp)
99Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*Nintendo
1010Mortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive

Top 10 games over the last 12 months

All Platforms
RankLast Month Rank12 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 salesPublisher
11Call of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision Blizzard (Corp)
23Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen OrderElectronic Arts
32Madden NFL 20Electronic Arts
44NBA 2K20*Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
55Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
66The Last of Us: Part IISony (Corp)
77FIFA 20Electronic Arts
88Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*Nintendo
99Pokemon: Sword*Nintendo
1010Luigi’s Mansion 3*Nintendo

Top 10 Xbox One games in August 2020

RankLast Month RankAugust 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
1NEWMadden NFL 21Electronic Arts
21Call of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision Blizzard (Corp)
3NEWUFC 4Electronic Arts
47Forza Horizon 4Microsoft (Corp)
54Minecraft: Xbox One EditionMicrosoft (Corp)
610Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision Blizzard (Corp)
715GroundedMicrosoft (Corp)
8NEWPGA Tour 2K21*Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
96Rainbow Six: Siege [Tom Clancy’s]Ubisoft
102Mortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 PS4 games in August 2020

PlayStation 4
RankLast Month RankAugust 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
1NEWMadden NFL 21Electronic Arts
21Ghost of TsushimaSony (Corp)
3NEWUFC 4Electronic Arts
43Call of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision Blizzard (Corp)
52The Last of Us: Part IISony (Corp)
64Minecraft: PlayStation 4 EditionMicrosoft (Corp)
714Final Fantasy VII: RemakeSquare Enix Inc (Corp)
85MLB: The Show 20Sony (Corp)
97Marvel’s Spider-ManSony (Corp)
10NEWPGA Tour 2K21*Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 Nintendo Switch games in August 2020

Nintendo Switch
RankLast Month RankAugust 2020 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
12Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
23Ring Fit AdventureNintendo
34Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*Nintendo
45Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
51Paper Mario: The Origami King*Nintendo
66The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*Nintendo
77New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*Nintendo
89Super Mario Party*Nintendo
98Super Mario Odyssey*Nintendo
1012Luigi’s Mansion 3*Nintendo
* Digital sales not included
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