Splatoon 2

The NPD results for July ’17 are in, and Splatoon 2 and Nintendo Switch topped the software and hardware charts in North America. According to The NPD Group, Nintendo helped drive consumer spending up 19% over the same period last year to $588 million.

Software sales came out to $277 million last month, driven by both Splatoon 2‘s strong debut and Activision’s Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy continuing to sell. Hardware generated $182 million through the Switch and the continued success of PlayStation 4. As far as the other Nintendo debuts in July ’17, Miitopia debuted at #2 on the 3DS charts, while Hey! Pikmin opened softly at #6. Meanwhile, NPD notes the New 2DS XL did not make any impact on 3DS sales.


The overall Top 10 in Software features the usual suspects, including Grand Theft Auto V and NBA 2K17, but also includes the surprise return of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. Last month’s #1 charter, Tekken 7, plunged all the way down to #20.

Besides Splatoon 2, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe place at #5 and #7 respectively, making it the best-selling software publisher for the month.

  1. Splatoon 2*
  2. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Injustice 2
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  8. Overwatch**
  9. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  10. NBA 2K17

Since its March launch, Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains the second-highest selling game in North America for 2017, behind Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. On top of their success in July, Nintendo has driven hardware revenue for the year to $1.6 billion, in no small part thanks to the Switch. To date, the PS4 is the best-selling console for 2017. Things to look out for in August’s NPD next month include the inevitable top-seller Madden 18.

Alex Irish
When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.