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Forums - Sales Discussion - March NPD 2020 Thread: Switch > 1 million


Switch > 1 million
PS4 - 316K



State of the market

March 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $1.6 billion, gaining 35 percent when compared to a year ago. This is the highest reported spend for a March month since the $1.8 billion achieved in March 2008.

Year-to-date 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $3.0 billion, declining 4 percent when compared to a year ago.


Dollar sales of tracked Video Game Software grew 34% in March compared to a YA, to $739m. March tracked software spending reached its highest total for a March month since 2011 ($787m). Total first quarter tracked software spending fell 8 percent, to $1.4B.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the best-selling game of March 2020, despite the lack of digital tracking for Nintendo published software. Animal Crossing: New Horizons instantly becomes the 2nd best-selling game of 2020.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons achieved the 3rd highest launch month physical dollar and unit sales of any Nintendo published game in tracked history
. Only Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Dec 2018) and Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Mar 2008) sold more in the launch month.

Launch month dollar sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have exceeded the lifetime sales of all other Animal Crossing franchise games, making Animal Crossing: New Horizons the best-selling game in franchise history.

MLB The Show 20 was the 3rd best-selling game of March 2020, and instantly becomes the 5th best-selling game of 2020. MLB The Show 20 is the fastest selling game in MLB The Show franchise history, with launch month sales exceeding those of MLB The Show 19.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the #2 best-selling game of March 2020 and is now the best-selling game of 2020 year-to-date. March sales of Call of Duty franchise titles reached a new all-time high for a March month, exceeding the previous peak set in March 2010.


Hardware spending in March 2020 grew 63% when compared to a year ago, to $461m. Nintendo Switch hardware sales more than doubled when compared to a year ago, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One each grew by more than 25 percent.

Nintendo Switch set a new all-time record for hardware unit sales in a March month, besting the previous high set by Nintendo Switch in its March 2017 launch month.

Nintendo Switch
 generated the highest first quarter unit sales for any hardware platform since the Nintendo DS in the first quarter of 2010.


March Accessories spending reached a record high for a March month. The previous high was set in March 2008.

Gamepad spending reached a new all-time high for a March month. The Nintendo Swtich Pro Controller was the best-selling individual Gamepad of March, while PlayStation 4 generated an all-time single platform high in Gamepad spending in a March month.

Headset/Headphone spending also achieved a new record high for a March month. The Xbox One Ear Force Stealth 600 Wireless Headset from Turtle Beach was the best-selling Headset/Headphone in both the month and the first quarter.

Software charts



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Last edited by Ryng - on 21 April 2020

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[NSW] 590K
[PS4] 191K
[XB1] 168K

Last edited by Ryng - on 17 April 2020

Switch - 690k

PS4 -202k

XBO - 188k

No update this month?

No update this month?

delayed to April 21

Last edited by Ryng - on 18 April 2020

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No update this month?

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Here's Mat Piscatella's NPD thread. No details, of course, but Switch outsold March 2017, which I believe was >900K. PS4 and XB1 both up >25% over last year.

Last edited by kenjab - on 22 April 2020

Switch: SW-3707-5131-3911
XBox: Kenjabish

GTA V being number 8 after seven years is mindboggling.

All-time sales for March;

SWI - 1,000,000+ (2020)
SWI - 906,000 (2017)
GBA - 838,000 (2003)
Wii - 721,000 (2008)
DS - 701,000 (2010)
DS - 698,000 (2008)
Wii - 601,000 (2009)
DS - 563,000 (2009)
Wii - 557,000 (2010)
DS - 509,000 (2007)

Last edited by p0isonparadise - on 21 April 2020

Animal Crossing sales are absolutely insane. It sucks that Nintendo is so stubborn when it comes to releasing digital sales data because it could have set even more records, but incredible regardless. Between that and general sales increases, this was an amazing month for the industry as a whole.