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Switch Best-Selling Console in August & YTD in US, Madden Tops Software Charts

Switch Best-Selling Console in August & YTD in US, Madden Tops Software Charts - Sales

by Craig S , posted on 14 September 2021 / 5,091 Views

According to the latest monthly NPD data it was a record August in the US for video gaming, with consumer spending of $4.4 billion (up 7% Year-on-Year), bringing the Year-to-Date total to $37.9 billion (up 13% YoY).

On the hardware side of things, spending hit $329 million (up 45% YoY), bringing the YTD total to $3 billion (up 49% YoY).

The Switch was the best-selling console in terms of units sold in August and YTD, with the PlayStation 5 in second place, although the PlayStation 5 continues to be the fastest-selling platform in PlayStation history.


When it comes to software, Madden NFL 22 topped the chart as expected and is already the 4th best-selling game of 2022. It's the 22nd year in a row that Madden has topped the charts in its launch month.

Ghost of Tsushima shot back up the charts thanks to its Director's Cut release, rising from 110th to 2nd. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War slipped one place to 3rd. Last month's star performer - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD - dropped to 7th.


Year-to-date, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War continues to lead the pack, followed by MLB: The Show 21, then Resident Evil: Village. Madden's debut sees everyone else drop at least one place, with the exception of Mario Kart 8, which holds on to 7th.


The Nintendo physical-only software chart sees Mario Kart 8 reclaim its crown, with Skyward Sword dropping one place to 2nd. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate rises two places to claim 3rd.

Elsewhere, Pokemon: Sword/Shield gains four places, moving from 9th to 5th, and Minecraft narrowly returns to the top ten.


The PlayStation chart sees more dramatic movement, thanks to Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut, but also The Last of Us: Part II rising from 23rd to 10th off the back of a price cut at numerous retailers.

The top three were Madden NFL 22, followed by Ghost of Tsushima, and then Spider-Man: Miles Morales in third.


Finally, the Xbox chart saw It Takes Two and Marvel's Avengers climbing back into the top ten, in 6th and 8th, respectively.

The top three were Madden NFL 22, followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and then Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.

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kazuyamishima (on 17 September 2021)

No more Heores III really bombed, is not even in the top 10 switch games.

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curl-6 (on 14 September 2021)

So MH Rise is still the #2 Switch game in US physical sales YTD, nice to see.

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xMetroid (on 14 September 2021)

SS holding well

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thevideogameninja (on 14 September 2021)

Considering you have to sacrifice your first born just to be eligible to get a PS5 or an X box series X in your virtual cart I'm not surprised the Switch is leading overall sales.

Speaking of, how are you all doing getting your hands on next gen hardware? It seems like every retailer that is offering them is selling PS5s/Series X's for around $1,500.

How have people fared with the restocks? They are so random it's hard to keep up.


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SanAndreasX thevideogameninja (on 14 September 2021)

I’m content with the Switch. I do want to find a PS5 but am in no hurry.

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Agente42 SanAndreasX (on 15 September 2021)

i will buy only a ps5 if the first party software don't go all to pc, only in the final years of generation.

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scrapking Agente42 (on 15 September 2021)

You got downvoted for that? That's a perfectly reasonable opinion to articulate!

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Agente42 scrapking (on 15 September 2021)

The haters gonna hate, c´est la vie.

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scrapking thevideogameninja (on 15 September 2021)

I ended up giving up on the PS5 and Series X and getting a Series S as that was still hard to get (this was last December), but at least conceivably possible. I was planning to upgrade to the Series X at the time, and still may, but I'm actually surprisingly happy with it and might just keep rocking the Series S for a few years. Thanks to fast load times, Quick Resume, and ray-tracing, it truly feels next-gen despite it's small form factor.

That said, I'm probably too weak a person to resist a really cool Series X special edition, if one comes available to me (I would never buy from a scalper on principle).

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Agente42 scrapking (on 15 September 2021)

Live signature is a good point to go with Microsoft. And work in Pc as well

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scrapking Agente42 (on 15 September 2021)

For sure, I was just looking at things that differentiated the Series S as a next-gen console over the One X, despite being only moderately more powerful. But yes, a very cool feature. :)

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Mars2001 (on 14 September 2021)

Now ps5 is only in playstation platforms best.Because is in the third place after Advance and after Switch in general fastest selling hardware in us.

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SanAndreasX Machina (on 14 September 2021)

I hope he’s okay. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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eddy7eddy trunkswd (on 15 September 2021)

Rest and get well soon.

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