January isn't exactly the hottest month of the year for game sales, with many bemoaning the impact of Holiday excess on their bank balances. As a result there weren't many big-name releases, though Nintendo of America did have some success with its major release of the month.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam hit stores in the US on 22nd January, and the NPD sales results for the month (which only include new games sales and not used copies or bundles) have been revealed. The crossover RPG secured 10th place in the single format chart, which is a reasonable performance all told. The multi-platform chart is a different story, with LEGO Marvel's Avengers being the only newcomer. As you can see below the Wii U version only out-sold the PS3 in the home console stakes, while 3DS came out ahead of Vita sales.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Lego: Marvel Avengers (PS4, Xbox One, 360, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
- FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
Lots of the usual contenders are there, in general, and overall sales (hardware and software) were down in the US compared to January 2015, with the continual decline of last-gen hardware and an unremarkable release slate being highlighted.
It's good to hear that Mario & Luigi's latest title got into the single format top 10, but aside from that January was a quiet month for Nintendo of America.