NPD Group

NPD Group

According to the industry-tracking firm, the NPD Group, during the month of December the games industry brought in a total of $3.29 billion. That’s up 10% from December 2016’s $3 billion. The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console that month. However, because it came out in March, it couldn’t defeat the PlayStation 4 for the title of best-selling console of 2017. Even so, it did break records, selling more units in its first 10 months than any other console. There was also good news for Nintendo in the DS family of systems in December. Monthly sales for the 3DS and 2DS systems were the best Nintendo seen since December of 2014.


The hardware sales in December 2017 were driven largely by the Nintendo Switch, of course. Sales of interactive gaming toys were down 66% compared to December 2016. Sales of cases were quite the opposite: up 167%. Gamepad sales were up 10% over December 2016, led by the PlayStation 4 Dual Shock 4 controller just as in previous months. Here is NPD Group’s breakdown of December’s $3.29 billion earnings for the video game industry:

  • Hardware made up $1.27 billion (up 27% from December 2016’s $997 million)
  • Console software accounted for $1.24 billion (up 2% from $1.22 billion in Dec. 2016)
  • PC software made up $40 million of the industry’s revenue (down 17% from Dec. 2016’s $48 million)
  • Accessories brought in $735 million, which was about the same as in December of 2016.

Joy-Cons and Switch (Tablet Mode)

Now here are the best-selling software titles of December 2017 overall, and on various platforms for December of 2017 according to NPD Group’s stats:

* No PC digital sales
** No digital sales



  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017*
  3. Super Mario Odyssey**
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. Mario Kart 8**
  6. Madden NFL 18
  7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds*
  8. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  10. Grand Theft Auto V
  11. FIFA 18*
  12. Destiny 2*
  13. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
  14. Splatoon 2**
  15. Need for Speed: Payback*
  16. Xenoblade Chronicles 2**
  17. Just Dance 2018
  18. The Sims 4*
  19. Pokemon: Ultra Sun**
  20. Pokemon: Ultra Moon**


Nintendo Switch**

  1. Super Mario Odyssey
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  6. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  7. Pokken Tournament DX
  8. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  9. ARMS
  10. Just Dance 2018


Xbox One 

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  3. Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. Madden NFL 18
  6. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. FIFA 18
  9. Destiny 2
  10. Forza Motorsport 7


PlayStation 4

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. FIFA 18
  8. Need for Speed: Payback
  9. Destiny 2
  10. Horizon Zero Dawn


Nintendo 3DS**

  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  3. Minecraft
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Mario Party: The Top 100
  6. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
  7. Super Smash Bros.
  8. Super Mario Maker
  9. Miitopia
  10. New Super Mario Bros. 2


And finally, lets take a look at the best-selling games over the entire year of 2017:

The best-selling games of 2017

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2*
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017*
  9. Super Mario Odyssey**
  10. Mario Kart 8**



Michael Fontanini
Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general). I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.