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NHL 18 Sells an Estimated 175,000 Units First Week at Retail

NHL 18 Sells an Estimated 175,000 Units First Week at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 November 2017 / 13,393 Views

The ice hockey simulation game from publisher EA Sports and developer EA Canada - NHL 18 - sold 175,367 units first week at retail, according to our estimates. First week sales can be viewed on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending September 16.

Breaking down the sales by platform, the game sold best on the PlayStation 4 with 114,743 units sold (65%), compared to 60,624 units sold on the Xbox One (35%).


Breaking down the sales by region, the game sold best in the US with 104,618 units sold (60%), compared to 35,350 units sold in Europe (20%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game sold an estimated 2,389 units in the UK, 10,151 units in Germany, and 6,158 units in France.

Here is how first week sales of NHL 18 compares to the first week sales of previous games in the franchise:

  1. NHL 15 - 273,029 Units
  2. NHL 16 - 226,537 Units
  3. NHL 17 - 206,937 Units
  4. NHL 12 - 192,443 Units
  5. NHL 18 - 175,367 Units
  6. NHL 10 - 145,439 Units
  7. NHL 11 - 144,465 Units
  8. NHL 13 - 139,727 Units
  9. NHL 14 - 130,053 Units
  10. NHL 09 - 82,348 Units

NHL 18 released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on September 15.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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poroporo (on 02 November 2017)

It's all NHL 15's fault.

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Ka-pi96 poroporo (on 02 November 2017)

How so? I was annoyed they took out GM Connected mode, but otherwise I really enjoyed 15!

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hollabackenny poroporo (on 06 November 2017)

No guest accounts for online versus in 15 and no Eashl either. Was a huge let down.

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Ka-pi96 (on 02 November 2017)

hmm, so it's declined for 3 years in a row now? Not really a good sign!

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Zkuq Ka-pi96 (on 02 November 2017)

What about digital sales? Their portion just keeps growing.

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Ka-pi96 Ka-pi96 (on 03 November 2017)

The gap looks too big to have made up by digital sales alone.

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Zkuq Ka-pi96 (on 03 November 2017)

Hmm, true. That said, similar decline occured even during the previous generation, as you can see from the numbers, so I would assume people are more interested in the series when it's fresh in a new generation and then they gradually lose interest.

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danno_omen (on 03 November 2017)

Does Canada not get included in any tracked numbers? NHL is like FIFA in Canada. I'd bet a million copies get sold first week every year in Canada alone as its literallynthe biggest release of the year here.

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