Madden NFL 21 and the Nintendo Switch are Unsurprisingly August’s Big Winners on NPD Charts
Madden dominates for the 21st straight year as Nintendo sets a new hardware record with the Switch in August.
Even though, in our own estimate, Madden NFL 21 has had a down year compared to past entries, that hasn’t stopped the masses from picking up the game as they always seem to do each season.
The sales totals for the video game industry in the United States for the month of August 2020 were released this morning by The NPD Group, and as expected, Madden NFL 21 was the top-seller for the period in terms of software. EA’s annual football sim has held the top position in its month of launch for the 21st straight year, which is a pretty staggering feat. It also currently stands as the year’s sixth best-selling game overall.
As for the other big winners of the month, EA continued to have another strong sports title debut in UFC 4. The latest entry in the fighting series was right behind Madden for the month of August, while mainstays like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Ghost of Tsushima, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons rounded out the top five spots.
When it comes to hardware, it should be no shock whatsoever that the Switch continues to reign supreme, but Nintendo’s platform had an even bigger month in August than usual. The Switch set a new record for hardware spending in the month of August last month, doubling what the console was able to sell in the same period one year ago. Most of this is likely due to the fact that Switch shortages have been transpiring for a large portion of this year due to the pandemic and are only now just coming back into stock at decent quantities. Hardware spending as a whole for the period also increased by 37% year over year.
And, as always, if you’d like to see last month’s sales data gone over in greater detail, you can check out The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella in the video down below.