US: NPD sales in August 2021 – Switch was best selling console, Madden NFL 22 No.1 game

The NPD video games sales results for the month of August 2021 came in recently which covers sales for the entirety of the United States. The Nintendo Switch family of systems was once again the best-selling video game system, while the newer PlayStation 5 was top for dollar sales, though it is still facing stock shortages. On the software side of things the best-selling video game for the month of August was Madden NFL 22 followed by Ghost of Tsushima, which recently received a directors cut for the PlayStation 5.

“Nintendo Switch was the top-selling console in terms of systems sold during the month of August. The more expensive PlayStation 5, however, came out No. 1 for dollar sales.”

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August 2021 NPD: The top 20 best-selling games of the month in the United States

NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but it also gets digital data directly from publishers. Not every company participates. For example, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not provide its Battle.net sales.

Rank Last Month Rank August 2021 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW Madden NFL 22 Electronic Arts
2 110 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
3 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
4 NEW Humankind Sega
5 8 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
6 4 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
7 1 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword* Nintendo
8 5 Minecraft Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
9 20 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
10 7 MLB: The Show 21^ Sony (Corp)
11 10 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
12 9 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
13 11 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Sony (Corp)
14 12 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
15 18 Pokemon: Sword/Shield* Nintendo
16 15 Mortal Kombat 11 Warner Bros. Interactive
17 14 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
18 17 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
19 6 Mario Golf: Super Rush* Nintendo
20 23 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox Digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

Rank Last Month Rank 12 Months Ending August 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 3 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
3 2 Madden NFL 21 Electronic Arts
4 4 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
5 5 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
6 7 NBA 2K21* Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
7 8 Marvel’s Avengers Square Enix Inc (Corp)
8 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
9 9 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
10 10 FIFA 21 Electronic Arts
* Digital sales not included

August 2021 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Nintendo games in the U.S.

Rank Last Month Rank August 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 3 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
2 1 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword* Nintendo
3 5 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
4 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
5 9 Pokémon: Sword/Shield* Nintendo
6 7 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
7 8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
8 4 Mario Golf: Super Rush* Nintendo
9 10 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
10 11 Minecraft* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

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