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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Has Series Best Launch in the US, Switch Best-Selling Console in July

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Has Series Best Launch in the US, Switch Best-Selling Console in July - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 August 2019 / 5,539 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US in July 2019, according to figures from NPD. Overall spending on hardware dropped 22 percent year-on-year to $169 million, while spending on software remained relatively even with $762 million.

Madden NFL 20 was the best-selling game in the US for the month in terms of dollars. It is the 20th consecutive year that a Madden NFL game debuted at the top of the charts. It is also already the eighth best-selling game in the US in 2019.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses debuted in second place. It did set a franchise record with the biggest launch in the US and is already the second best-selling game in the franchise in lifetime sales. 

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars:

  1. Madden NFL 20^**
  2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses*
  3. Super Mario Maker 2*
  4. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order*
  5. Minecraft***
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  8. Mortal Kombat 11
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  11. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  12. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  13. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII**
  14. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
  15. Red Dead Redemption II
  16. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2**
  17. MLB 19: The Show
  18. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  19. NBA 2K19
  20. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

*Does not include digital sales
**Does not include PC digital sales
***Minecraft digital sales include Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Here are the top 10 selling games so far in 2019:

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Kingdom Hearts III
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2**
  4. Anthem**
  5. Resident Evil 2 2019
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Madden NFL 20**
  9. Days Gone
  10. MLB 19: The Show
Here are the lists of top 10 selling games by platform for the month:

Xbox One

  1. Madden NFL 20
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Minecraft
  4. Forza Horizon 4
  5. Red Dead Redemption II
  6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  7. Mortal Kombat 11
  8. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

PlayStation 4

  1. Madden NFL 20
  2. Minecraft
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  5. MLB 19: The Show
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  7. Mortal Kombat 11
  8. Days Gone
  9. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled
  10. Red Dead Redemption II

Nintendo Switch

  1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses*
  2. Super Mario Maker 2*
  3. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order*
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  5. Mario Kart 8*
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  8. Super Mario Party*
  9. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*

Nintendo 3DS

  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun*
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Moon*
  3. Super Mario Maker*
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D*
  5. Detective Pikachu*
  6. Super Mario 3D Land*
  7. Super Smash Bros.*
  8. Luigi’s Mansion*
  9. Mario Kart 7*
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D*

Thanks VentureBeat.

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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curl-6 (on 15 August 2019)

BOTW in the monthly top 10 nearly two and a half years after launch, nice

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The_Liquid_Laser curl-6 (on 15 August 2019)

Yeah, at this point BotW has stronger legs than both Black Ops 4 and RDR2 in spite of being a significantly older game. Of course Minecraft and GTA5 are both placing even higher than BotW at this point, so those games have crazy strong legs.

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Chrissave75 curl-6 (on 16 August 2019)

But it also shows that third party publishers do not make great strides in the switch business.
That is why that most of them only publish re releases on the system.
For example EA fifa 19 switch sales represent less than 1% of it's worldwide revenu. Pretty bad considering the install base is around 35 million consoles.

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Barkley curl-6 (on 16 August 2019)

Wish it was odyssey instead.

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SanAndreasX curl-6 (on 16 August 2019)

EA has a long history of half-assing games on Nintendo systems that dates back well before the Switch. I’d even argue that it dates back from when EA first entered the console market. I wish NFL and FIFA would open up to competition. A fully FIFA licensed PES and NFL 2K would give EA a much needed attitude adjustment.

I wonder if Nintendo could contract out development of its own NFL and FIFA games since it isn’t a third party publisher. Traditionally the Big Three were free to make their own football games in house. They stopped because they made more money off of Madden royalties.

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SanAndreasX curl-6 (on 16 August 2019)

Glad to see Fire Emblem doing well. It only had five days to build up sales in July. It’s the best game I’ve played YTD and it’s likely to be GOTY for me.

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JWeinCom curl-6 (on 17 August 2019)

Well if you're going to compare Zelda to Fifa, you have to keep in mind that BOTW is an amazing game, and Fifa 19 was shit.

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StriderKiwi (on 17 August 2019)

Interesting that Division 2 and Anthem, while two of this year's best sellers, both were seen as disappointments by Ubisoft and EA respectively, while RE2 Remake, though placing slightly below them, is a smash success that will likely lead to a RE 3 Remake. Maybe Ubi and EA should take a note from Capcom.

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SuperNintend0rk StriderKiwi (on 17 August 2019)

I think they've been seen as disappointments because they haven't been able to maintain a high number of monthly active users, especially Anthem. Publishers mostly care about active users, not unit sales, when it comes to GaaS.

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StriderKiwi StriderKiwi (on 17 August 2019)

No both Ubi and EA claimed both games missed their launch sales expectations despite selling millions. That combined with massive budgets/marketing (especially for Anthem) and that sales dropped off significantly after their launch week(s). The monthly active users part is true too but I was failed launch sales expectations. Think Star Wars Battlefront 2 but with a lot less of the controversy. It sold about 11 million units but they projected over 15 million so it was seen as a disappointment. Also Ubi mentioned in that preorders for Division 2 were a lot less than they anticipated.

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SuperNintend0rk StriderKiwi (on 17 August 2019)

Wow that's ridiculous! I guess that's what happens when a publisher caters to the greedy demands of investors...

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rodcac03 (on 16 August 2019)

I need Numbers :(

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SwitchUP (on 16 August 2019)

Really happy to see three houses doing well in the us. I am loving the game, having a great time. Only 40 hours in so, theres a long, long way to go. So far, its deep and engaging. My favorite in the series, and I've played almost all of them.

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HylianSwordsman (on 19 August 2019)

Holy shit. Okay, I thought it would do better in the US than in Japan, but HOLY. SHIT. Already 2nd place? So behind Fates then? And sure to surpass it soon. Fire Emblem might not even need Japan to survive. Wonderful to hear it did so well, it's not my perfect idea of a Fire Emblem game but it's definitely outstanding and I'm always happy to see the series grow.

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