Nintendo has been dominating the competition in terms of video game sales this summer. Last June, Nintendo released the best-selling video game of the month with Mario Tennis Aces before following-up with Octopath Traveler in July, which also topped the charts for the month.
Despite the fact that the NPD Group does not track Nintendo’s digital sales, the company has held five of the top ten spots for the month of July’s sales, which games including Octopath Traveler, Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Tennis Aces, and Super Mario Odyssey.
Total video game hardware sales rose 19% from July of last year to $217 million, while game cards and accessories rose 49% to $286 million.
In terms of year-to-date video game hardware sales, the total has risen 21% to 1.9 billion, while year-to-date software sales have risen 5% to $2.8 billion. Game cards and accessories are up 33% to 2.06 billion in the United States alone.
Much of the success can be attributed to the release of the Nintendo Switch, which according to the latest quarterly earnings report, has sold 19.67 million units as of June 30, 2018. In comparison, the PlayStation 4, which stands as this generation’s best-selling console, has sold roughly 18.4 million units per year since launch.
As of this year, Nintendo is consistently topping the summer sales charts as a publisher in comparison to others but falters in sales when examining the best-selling games year-to-date, which are currently being led by Fary Cry 5, God of War and Monster Hunter: World.