The Nintendo Switch has dominated video game sales this year, taking advantage of a slow year from Microsoft and Sony. Both of Nintendo’s primary competitors are gearing up to launch their next-generation consoles next year, opening a broad window for Nintendo to sell millions of its hybrid portable console in the meantime.
The Switch is now two years old and Nintendo continues to roll out exclusive releases from its high-profile franchises. Six of the top 10 best-selling games in July were Nintendo exclusives, based on data collected by the NPD Group from July 7 to August 3.
The Switch was also the best-selling console of the month, continuing a trend that made it the best-selling console of 2018. The Nintendo Switch pro controller also outsold the PlayStation 4 in July, though the PS4 controller remains the best-selling controller of the year so far.
Nintendo is also preparing to launch a cheaper, portable-only version of the Switch on September 20, which will likely boost the console’s popularity even further during the holiday season.
“Fire Emblem: Three Houses” was released on July 26 and was the second best-selling game of the month, while Nintendo’s “Super Mario Maker 2” earned the third spot on the list. Another Nintendo exclusive, “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order,” capitalized on the popularity of Marvel’s Avengers and was the fourth best-selling game after a July 19 launch.
July’s biggest release was “Madden NFL 20.” Though the game officially launched on August 2, players who preordered the game were able to play a few days early. According to the NPD Group, “Madden” has been the best-selling game in the month it was released for 20 straight years, and is the best-selling sports franchise of all time.
These are the best-selling games of July 2019:
10. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” (Nintendo)
9. “Mario Kart 8” (Nintendo)
8. “Mortal Kombat 11” (Warner Bros. Interactive)
“Mortal Kombat 11″/NetherRealm Studios
7. “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (Nintendo)
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”/Nintendo
6. “Grand Theft Auto V” (Take 2 Interactive)
5. “Minecraft” (Microsoft)
4. “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order” (Nintendo)
3. “Super Mario Maker 2” (Nintendo)
2. “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” (Nintendo)
“Fire Emblem: Three Houses”/Nintendo
1. “Madden NFL 20” (Electronic Arts)
“Madden 20″/Electronic Arts