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The monthly NPD sales figures have been released for August, and it shows that last month was a pretty quiet one for Nintendo. Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group shared the results on Twitter, and in August, the PS5 outsold the Switch in both dollar sales and unit sales.

The Switch is still, overall, the best-selling console of the year in North American markets in terms of units sold. Across the pond here in the UK, the PS5 is actually the best-selling console of 2022 so far (up to August of this year).

Games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 made the top ten for August 2022. In even better news, video game sales have returned to 2020 levels, though year-to-date sales are still 9% under what they were this time last year. On the other hand, hardware sales in dollars have seen a 14% increase compared to last August.

Sony's strong sales likely benefit from two big multiplatform releases in Madden NFL 23 and Saint's Row, which debuted in the top two spots. Elden Ring is still the best-selling game of the year, but both LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Pokémon Legends: Arceus remain in spots two and three.

September is likely to be a pretty different story. We've already seen Splatoon 3 destroy sales records in Japan and top the UK charts two weeks in a row. We'll have to see how that translates in the North American market when we get September's NPD results.

Have you played any of the games in August's top 20? What are you expecting from September's results? Let us know!