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Forums - Sales Discussion - December NPD 2020: Switch 2.1 million, PS5 800K, XBS 700K


Switch ~2.1 million
PS5 ~800K
XBS ~700K


December Top 5 (no digital, only retail):
Cyberpunk 2077: ~1.2 million
CoD: Black Ops: ~1.1 million
NBA 2K21: ~800K
Animal Crossing: ~700K
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ~600K


State of the Market -

Dec 2020 US NPD THREAD - December 2020 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories reached a December record $7.7B, 25% higher when compared to a year ago. Full year spending also set a new record, totaling $56.9B, 27% higher than 2019.

US NPD Hardware -

  • Hardware dollar sales reached $1.35 billion in December 2020, an increase of 38 percent when compared to a year ago, and the highest total for a Decemeber month since the $1.37 billion achieved in December 2013.
  • Annual hardware dollar sales totaled $5.3 billion, 35% higher than 2019, and the most since $5.6 billion was reached in 2011.
  • Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in units and dollars for both December and the 2020 year. Annual dollar sales of Switch hardware were the 2nd highest for a platform in U.S. history. Only the 2008 dollar sales of Nintendo Wii were higher.
  • PlayStation 5 finished 2020 as the #2 best-selling console in dollar sales, while PlayStation 4 ranked 2nd in units sold. PlayStation 5 set a new dollar sales record for PlayStation hardware through each platform's first December.


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War was the best-selling game of both December as well as 2020, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was 2020's 2nd best-seller. Call of Duty ranked as the best-selling gaming franchise in the U.S. market for a record 12th consecutive year.
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons was 2020's 3rd best-selling title, and the 6th best-selling game of December. In 2020 the title achieved the highest physical dollar sales for a Nintendo published game in a calendar year since Wii Fit Plus in 2010.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 debuted as the #2 best-selling game of December, and the 19th best-selling game of 2020, despite the lack of digital tracking.
  • The Last of Us: Part II finished 2020 as the year's 6th best-selling title overall. The Last of Us: Part II now ranks as the 3rd best-selling Sony published game in U.S. history in dollar sales, trailing only Marvel's Spider-Man and 2018's God of War.
  • Half of the top 20 best-selling games of December 2020 were published by Nintendo.

US NPD SW - December 2020 Top 20 Sellers
(Kindly Note - SW Charts are by Revenue )


2020: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober, November
2019: JanuaryFebruary, March, April, MayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
2017: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
2016: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
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2014: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
2013: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
2012: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
2011: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
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Last edited by Ryng - on 21 January 2021

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[NSW] 2700K
[PS4] 100K
[PS5] 500K
[XB1] 100K
[XBS] 400K
Unsure on the numbers after Switch; am hoping for a repeat of 2017's december and november dynamic.


Copying my predictions from the other thread:
Switch - 2M
PS5 - 540k
XS - 410k
XB1 - 220k
PS4 - 190k
3DS - 6k


Switch - 1,8M

PS5 - 550k

Xbox Series - 390k

PS4 - 170k

Xbone - 150k

Honestly, it's been too long that I have followed my past predictions to know what to predict and stocks are all over the place so I'm not expecting the strike of luck I've got a year back

Switch Friend Code : 3905-6122-2909 

Switch wins the month which makes it 25 months in a row with Switch on top. This also results in Switch pulling off back to back sweeps of the US market, being the best-selling console in every month of the given year. There have only been three instances of a console being able to sweep a year in NPD history, dating back to 1995:

Xbox 360 in 2012. Switch in 2019 and 2020.


The PS5 was confirmed to have had the highest dollar sales for a PS console in a November + December launch timeframe. It wasn't confirmed to have the highest unit sales by the same metric, so it looks like the PS5 sold less in 2020 than the PS4 sold in 2013.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Shipments

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I hope more specific numbers in leaks come out

So it seems like the Switch in December of 2020 was barely up from December 2019 and December 2019 the Switch sold 2.036M, so its safe to assume the Switch likely sold around 2.1M in December. I wasn't surprised by this since based off of last month it seems like Nintendo struggled to get much more stock that Holiday 2019. But nevertheless still amazing sales

javi741 said:

I hope more specific numbers in leaks come out

Switch is slightly higher than a year ago, so in the range of 2.036m to 2.100m. Although the usual caveat is that Piscatella's "very slight uptick, basically flat" might refer to revenue instead of units.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Shipments

So PS5 was 2nd in revenue but PS4 was 2nd in units.