NPD: Switch Wins December but PS4 Wins 2017 in the U.S.; Call of Duty Is Best-Selling Game

The NPD released its monthly results for December, and the Nintendo Switch is at the top but did not manage to dethrone the PS4 for the full year.

By Giuseppe Nelva

January 18, 2018

Today the NPD released its statistics for the U.S. market in the month of December, brought to is in video form by Analyst Mat Piscatella.

Video game spending during the month grew 10% year-on-year, reaching 3.3 billion dollars. This was driven by hardware that grew 27% thanks to Nintendo Switch, SNES Classic, revitalized 3DS, and the continued strength of PS4 and Xbox One.

The Nintendo Switch was the best seller in December for both hardware units and hardware spend, but the PS4 is still at the top of both categories for the full year 2017. Call of Duty WWII leads both December and the full year.

Interestingly combined sales of PS4 and Xbox One in their first fifty months on the market exceed the PS3/Xbox 360 generation by 18%, and the PS2/Xbox generation by 4%. On the other hand, the Switch has sold more consoles in its first ten months than any other console in U.S. history.

Another intriguing piece of data is that there were 314 packaged physical releases for 2017. This is 16% higher than 2016’s number and 36% higher than in 2015. Physical software sales grew year-on-year in 2017.

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Below you can see the top-20 ranking for games, with Call of Duty: WWII leading at the top, followed by Star Wars: Battlefront II and Super Mario Odyssey. Since Origin and Nintendo don’t disclose digital sales, Star Wars: Battlefront II was in second place without its digital download sales on PC, and the same can be said about Super Mario Odyssey, that lacks its digital sales on Switch.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds debuts in seventh’s place without sales of the digital PC version, basically just including the Xbox One version.

Further details can be found in the tables below, including the top games of both December and 2017 per platforms, and the top-10 games of the year overall.

You can check out the full video below, and last month’s results for the sake of comparison.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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