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 little joy - thanks to a lack of major new releases - though there's some success in terms of 3DS and Wii U versions of LEGO Jurassic World performing well.
- Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- Lego: Jurassic World (360, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
- Rare Replay (Xbox One)
- Until Dawn (PS4)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Combo Pack (360, PS3)
- Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
Nintendo has provided some key sales updates, however. For example, there have now been around seven million amiibo sales in the US alone, with the country clearly being a leader in the popularity of the figures. Splatoon has also passed 600,000 sales in the US, combining physical and eShop sales. The least remarkable figure given by Nintendo is a 30% increase in 3DS hardware sales so far this year compared to the equivalent period in 2014; bearing in mind the New Nintendo 3DS XL launched in February, that should be the minimum target.
In any case, those are impressive amiibo and Splatoon numbers, and though some amiibo figures are still rarer than a beefburger in a vegetarian restaurant, they're selling well.