We're often treated to official data showing the best-selling Nintendo-published games for Switch, but it's far less often that we get to hear about third-party games. As keen players will know, third-party hits help to add variety and new experiences to any console, so it's about time we celebrated the best of the bunch with some official figures.
Ironically, it just so happens that Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - which is technically a third-party game - is still sitting at the top of this list. Even non-Nintendo games perform best with Mario in them. Otherwise, though, we can see several big brand names and perhaps one or two surprises.
To be as clear as possible, this is a list of the top-selling third-party games on Switch based on life-to-date sales in the US (as of May 2019); the information comes from the NPD Group's Mat Piscatella. Physical and digital sales are included, but some publishers - such as Bethesda, Microsoft, SEGA, and Atlus - do not share digital data with NPD. As such, sales for major releases such as Skyrim and Minecraft won't be fully represented.
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Diablo III
- Just Dance 2019
- Just Dance 2018
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
- LEGO The Incredibles
- NBA 2K18
- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
- FIFA 18
Crash's success suggests that the newly released Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled could well end up entering that list, too, assuming sales were attached to players' love for the character, and it's interesting to see that each consecutive Just Dance title appears to be outselling the last.
Any surprises on this list? Have you bought many of these yourself? Let us know down below.