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News: The November NPD Results are in, Nintendo Exclusives Fail to Crack the Top Ten

The November NPD Results are in, Nintendo Exclusives Fail to Crack the Top Ten

Tough month for Nintendo

The NPD Group is an independent market research company that tracks sales across various industries and how they perform in North America. Naturally, the game industry is tracked by this group and each month's results are based off of new games sold at retailers. Be sure to note, NPD does not track digital or second hand...

News: Super Mario Maker Grabs Sixth Place in NPD US Results and Boosts Wii U System Sales By Over 100%

Super Mario Maker Grabs Sixth Place in NPD US Results and Boosts Wii U System Sales By Over 100%

Over half a million Super Mario Maker sales in the US so far

Though a little later than normal this month, we finally have the NPD US sales for September; though these only represent physical retail sales of new games, they provide an idea of what's performing well in the US market. The big release from Nintendo's perspective was, of course, Super...

News: Nintendo Confirms Seven Million amiibo Sales in the US

Nintendo Confirms Seven Million amiibo Sales in the US

Splatoon also continues to sell well

The August NPD results have made their way into the world - these only cover physical retail sales in the US and are, therefore, only relatively representative. Nevertheless they do bring us some updated sales numbers and trends from a vital gaming market. From a Nintendo perspective the software top 10 brings...

News: Splatoon Passes Half a Million Copies Sold in the US as Wii U Game Sales Beat 2014 Figures

Splatoon Passes Half a Million Copies Sold in the US as Wii U Game Sales Beat 2014 Figures

3DS hardware results are also up

It's NPD time again - though the figures only represent 'new' sales at physical retail and are therefore limited in scope, they give some insight into the state of the US gaming market. Overall, the market in the July sales is up compared to 2014's equivalent period. From Nintendo's perspective the software top 10 -...

News: Super Smash Bros. Battles Its Way Into US Top 10 for the First Half of 2015

Super Smash Bros. Battles Its Way Into US Top 10 for the First Half of 2015

The only game on Nintendo systems among NPD elite

Sales results are often interesting, either for confirming expectations or defying them. Some information on the top selling games in the US for the first six months of the year - based on physical retail sales via NPD - are worth a look then, even if there's only one Nintendo title in the top 10...

News: Splatoon Splats Top 10 NPD Position in June as Hardware Momentum Stays Positive

Splatoon Splats Top 10 NPD Position in June as Hardware Momentum Stays Positive

Combined Wii U and 3DS sales 20% up on last year

As is the norm for the middle of any month, we have NPD sales results to consider; these account for the US physical retail market and don't include second hand sales, eShop downloads and so on. Nevertheless, they provide a little insight into what's performing well in the country. The June results...

News: Splatoon Grabs Fifth Place in NPD Results as amiibo Leads Toys-to-Life Sales

Splatoon Grabs Fifth Place in NPD Results as amiibo Leads Toys-to-Life Sales

Smash Bros. also breaks back into top 10

Following its late May release Wii U exclusive Splatoon has returned multiple positive results in different charts - in the UK it made its début in 2nd place and claimed fourth in its second week, while it's been top of the Japanese Media Create charts for two weeks running. We now have the May NPD results,...

News: NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo And Other Toys-To-Life Franchises

NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo And Other Toys-To-Life Franchises

These toys mean business

Despite plenty of ongoing issues with stock shortages and sudden cancellations, we think it's fair to say that the amiibo range has been a fairly lucrative venture for Nintendo. Pre-orders for the latest wave sold out within an hour on the official UK store, and recent NPD Group findings show that this frantic interest among...

News: Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the US, as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Misses NPD Top 10

Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the US, as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Misses NPD Top 10

Monolith Soft re-release fifth among single SKUs, however

April isn't often the most thrilling of months in the world of video game retail, and so it has proven in the most recent NPD results from the US. Covering physical retail sales the results bring few thrills, but Nintendo has nevertheless reported solid sales momentum in comparison to 2014...

News: January NPD Results Bring Improvement for Wii U and Top 10 Sales for Super Smash Bros.

January NPD Results Bring Improvement for Wii U and Top 10 Sales for Super Smash Bros.

Still fighting

The January NPD results aren't typically the blockbuster numbers of the year, yet in the post-Holiday slump we do at least get an idea of which games and systems are attracting sustained interest in the US. On that score Nintendo had a reasonably positive month, if not necessarily one to have Reggie Fils-Aime cracking open the...

News: Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales in December, With Yearly Results Beating 2013

Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales in December, With Yearly Results Beating 2013

3DS had its best ever month of first-party software sales

We're now heading into the time of reckoning when we learn how Nintendo fared over the festive sales period, and there's a positive start courtesy of the December NPD results - these cover US physical retail sales. On a whole Nintendo is reporting a record month for Wii U, along with strong...

News: Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Charts as Wii U Secures Its Best Week Since Launch

Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Charts as Wii U Secures Its Best Week Since Launch

Pokémon ORAS catch 5th and 7th place, amiibo sales match up to Smash Wii U

It's that time again, with November NPD results — which cover US physical retail sales — being released; they cover the vital Black Friday week sales, in particular. For Nintendo the focus was on major releases on both Wii U and 3DS, both of which performed rather well,...

News: Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU in NPD June Sales, With Hardware Boost for Wii U

Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU in NPD June Sales, With Hardware Boost for Wii U

Tomodachi Life joins MK8 in overall Top 10

The latest NPD results — which provide data on physical retail sales in the US — have been released, and Nintendo has been confident enough about the outcome to break recent trends and provide a press release update on its position. There are strong numbers for both the Wii U and 3DS. To begin with...

News: NPD Q1 Spend Shows 1% Drop Despite Substantial Hardware Boost

NPD Q1 Spend Shows 1% Drop Despite Substantial Hardware Boost

It's a tough market out there

In recent weeks our coverage of the Japanese chart results has shown a certain pattern — sales are low and showing a lack of momentum. Despite two new home consoles in the past six months and Nintendo beginning to step up its efforts with both Wii U and 3DS, the latest figures for US retail sales are also showing a...