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Forums - Sales Discussion - March NPD 2021: Switch > 938k, PS5 > 473k , XBS > 234k


937k < Switch < 985k
473k < PS5
234k < XBS < 330k

Official NPD:

State of the market

March 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories reached a March record $5.6 billion, 18% higher when compared to a year ago. First quarter consumer spending totaled $14.9 billion, 30% higher than 2020's first quarter.


March video game hardware dollar sales were 47% higher than a year ago, at a March record $680 million. The previous high of $552 million was set in March 2008. Year-to-date hardware spending totaled $1.4 billion, an increase of 81% compared to a year ago.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars during the month of March. In the first quarter, Nintendo Switch was the unit sales leader while PlayStation 5 ranked first in hardware dollar sales.

PlayStation 5 is the fastest selling console in U.S. history 
in both unit and dollar sales (lifetime sales with five months on the market).


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
 returned to the top of the monthly best-sellers chart in March. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was also the best-selling title of both the first quarter as well as the 12-month period ending March.

Monster Hunter: Rise debuted as March's 2nd best-seller, while also ranking 1st on Switch. With just one month on the market, lifetime dollar sales of Monster Hunter: Rise rank 2nd amongst all Monster Hunter franchise releases, trailing only Monster Hunter: World.

Outriders launched as the 3rd best-selling game of March. Outriders ranked as the #3 best-selling game on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms.

Mario Kart 8 placed 6th on the March 2021 best-sellers chart. Mario Kart 8 is the best-selling racing genre video game in U.S. history.

The March launch of the Switch version of Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time helped the title rise to #15 on the March best-sellers chart after placing 65th in February.

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Last edited by Ryng - on 30 April 2021

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[NSW] 800K
[PS5] 400K
[XBS] 200K

[NSW] 835K
[PS5] 340K
[XBS] 205K

[NSW] 750K
[PS5] 375K
[XBS] 220K

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Tagging, no prediction other than NSW > PS5 > XBS.

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NSW stock has been allocated towards japan 700k PS5 just below half and SX around 80k behind that

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[NSW] 780k
[PS5] 340k
[XBS] 195k

NPD data is out.  Not going to post it all here, but here's Mat Piscatella's initial tweet--you can click it to see the whole thread:


- In March, Switch top selling HW in both sales and revenue
- PS5 best selling console ever through 5 months
- For Q1, Switch highest unit sales but PS5 highest revenue
- Top 3 SW: 1. CoD Cold War, 2. MHR, 3. Outriders

Edit: 2 more highlights:
- Mario Kart 8 now the highest selling racing game of all time (I believe this combines WiiU & Switch versions)
- Monster Hunter Rise already second best selling Monster Hunter by dollar sales of all time behind World

Last edited by kenjab - on 16 April 2021

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Damn hardware spending being 47 % higher than last year is pretty crazy considering that was when sales exploded last year. Since it's in dollar sales the higher price tag of the new systems does of course contribute a lot to that, but it still suggests an extremely strong month in unit sales as well.

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