The NPD Group has launched its newest report, this one masking March 2018 within the US. As all the time, this accounts for brand new, bodily gross sales of video video games, together with a collection of digital gross sales; in different phrases, it is not an entire image of the US online game trade. Nonetheless, it does present us with some perception, together with robust begins for the month’s greatest releases, Far Cry 5 and Sea of Thieves.
Ubisoft’s new open-world shooter unsurprisingly got here out because the month’s top-selling sport, however its efficiency was robust sufficient to make it the best-selling sport of the 12 months thus far. NPD notes it set a brand new document for launch month gross sales for the Far Cry franchise; the quantity spent on the sport nearly doubled the earlier document holder, Far Cry three.
Sea of Thieves got here in because the No. 2 sport for the month, which is arguably a surprise–it was the primary massive sport to launch day and date by way of Xbox Game Pass, which isn’t accounted for in NPD’s numbers. Despite that, it bought properly sufficient to change into the eighth best-selling sport of the 12 months thus far. Going again to 1995, when the NPD started monitoring, it was additionally the best-selling launch month for any sport developed by Rare.
MLB 18: The Show additionally acquired off to a pleasant begin, coming in because the No. three sport and setting a brand new collection document for launch month gross sales. The similar was additionally true for Kirby Star Allies, the No. four sport in March.
The the rest of the highest sellers–which extends out to a high 20–is largely comprised of the standard suspects. Grand Theft Auto V’s unimaginable roll continues (it was No. 5), whereas Monster Hunter World (No. 10) continues to be pushing items, although it is now the second best-selling sport of 2018, because of Far Cry 5.
Software gross sales throughout PC, console, and handheld have been down 10% year-over-year to $613 million, however thus far this 12 months, gross sales are literally up eight% because of Switch (which did not launch till March of 2017).
Hardware gross sales noticed a extra vital drop, dipping 32% to $331 million, although final 12 months represented a tricky comparability with the Switch’s launch. Year-to-date, gross sales are up 13% because of Xbox One development. PS4 was the best-selling console total in the course of the month and for the 12 months thus far.
Read on for the complete software program high sellers lists, which, keep in mind, do not all embody digital gross sales information.
NPD’s Best-Selling Games Of March 2018 In The US (March four – April 7)
- Far Cry 5
- Sea Of Thieves
- MLB 18: The Show
- Kirby Star Allies*
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Mario Kart eight*
- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
- NBA 2K18
- Monster Hunter: World
- Super Mario Odyssey*
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
- Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds**
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- A Way Out**
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins
- Dragon Ball: Fighterz
- FIFA 18**
- Splatoon 2*
- UFC three
* no digital gross sales included
**no PC digital gross sales included