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Forums - Sales Discussion - August NPD 2020: Switch 504k, PS4 197k, XBO 45k



NSW - 504K (+ 109% YOY)
PS4 - 197K (-1% YOY)
XBO - 45K (-50% YOY)

Software (retail only)

Madden NFL21 - 305K
Animal Crossing: New Horizon - 179K
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 130K
Ghost of Tsushima - 122K
GTA V - 108K
Paper Mario: the origami King - 78K
The Last of us part 2 - 34K

Official NPD

State of the market

Consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories totaled $3.3B in Aug 2020, a 37% increase when compared to a year ago. Digital content on console, mobile and subscription were among largest growth segments.

Year-to-date spending reached $29.4 billion23 percent higher than the same period in 2019. Content, hardware and accessory spending each increased by more than 20 percent when compared to the same period a year ago.


Video game content spending reached $2.9 billion in August 2020, increasing 37 percent when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date content spending now exceeds $25.9 billion, a 22 percent increase compared to prior year.

Madden NFL 21 was the best-selling title of August, with double-digit percentage dollar sales growth when compared to the release month of Madden NFL 20. Madden NFL 21 debuts as the #6 best-selling game year-to-date. This is the 21st consecutive year that a Madden NFL franchise release has the best-selling game in its release month.
Madden NFL is the best-selling Sports (and 3rd best-selling overall) video game franchise in US history.

 was the second best-selling game of the month, setting a new franchise launch month sales record for an Electronic Arts published UFC title. UFC 4 ranked as the third best-selling game of August on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy VII: Remake returned to the top 20 best-selling titles chart (#19) in August after finishing ranked 41st in July. The title was featured at a discounted price digitally on the PlayStation Store.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the 6th best-seller of Aug on Nintendo Switch. It has ranked among the top 7 best-sellers on Switch for 42 consecutive months. It is as the 10th best-selling game on Nintendo platforms in US tracked history.

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Last edited by Ryng - on 14 September 2020

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[NSW] 350K
[PS4] 125K
[XBO] 25K

[NSW] 420K
[PS4] 115K
[XB1] 15K

NSW 350K
PS4 120K
XB1 40K

Wasn't really sure what to guess on XB1.  I could see it staying low or  it could recover a good bit.  I kind of split the difference.

I never quite know what to predict. Maybe next week.

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I'll blow everyone's mind and predict Switch > PS4 > XBO.

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numbers are getting quite low,
but ps4 still has them legs haha!

NSW: 300k
PS4: 130k
XBO: 50k

Wasn't sure what to choose for the XBO, considering the absolute lack of stock in July. Like The_Liquid_Laser I just chose somewhere in between last month and what a more "normal" drop would be.

After the numbers of last month its hard to know what to think. But I'll still give it a shot:

[NSW] 390K
[PS4] 120K
[XBO] 10K

Major Switch Titles Launch Aligned

2021 predictions:

  • Switch - 27m
  • PS5 - 15.5m
  • Xbox Series - 10m

I think the switch will sell some insane amount and the PS4 and xbone will disappoint so
NSW 420k
PS4 100K

Just a guy who doesn't want to be bored. Also