NPD October: Wii U Sales Are Up And Amiibo Sales Were 800,000

We found out which titles were the best-selling in the United States during the month of October, but we didn’t really receive any substantial hardware figures. However, the NPD has confirmed to IGN that Wii U sales have increased by 40% over last October. The company says that sales of its Wii U console “have increased more than 20 percent in the first 10 months of 2015,” compared to the same time period last year. This is partly due to the Super Mario Maker bundle which has proved to be a hit with consumers and that’s not all. Amiibo cards and figure sales reached 800,000 in the United States in October alone. Lifetime sales of amiibo are now at 9 million in the United States.


NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Video Games In The US During October

The NPD Group has revealed the best-selling video games in the United States during the month of October. As expected it was Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One which claimed the top spot. However, it is good to see that Yoshi’s Woolly World entered the charts at number eight beating both the Uncharted Collection on the PlayStation 4 and Rock Band 4 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The NPD Group has also said that if software was ranked on a SKU-basis, then Super Mario Maker would rank in the top 10 for the month.

1.) Halo 5: Guardians (XBO)
2.) NBA 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3) [Note: Second Month]
3.) Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4, XBO)
4.) Madden NFL 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
5.) WWE 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
6.) FIFA 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
7.) Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
8.) Yoshi’s Wooly World (NWU)
9.) Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
10.) Rock Band 4 (XBO, PS4)

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NPD: Super Mario Maker Drives 110 Percent Lift In Wii U Hardware Sales

The ability to create, play and share your own unique Super Mario levels was a dream 30 years in the making for Mario fans. Turns out it was also a great reason to jump into the Wii U experience. The Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console launched in the U.S. on Sept. 11 and sold nearly 445,000 combined units in its first three weeks (Sept. 11, 2015 – Oct. 3, 2015), bringing the lifetime total to more than 500,000 combined units in the U.S. alone (Sept. 11 – Oct. 19, 2015). Perhaps the biggest impact however has been on hardware sales. For the full month of September, sales of Wii U hardware in the United States increased by nearly 110 percent over sales in August. Software sells hardware and no one sells hardware like Mario.

Other Nintendo highlights from September include:

  • Through the first nine months of 2015, sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware have increased by nearly 25 percent over the same time frame in 2014.
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS system launched on Sept. 25 and sold nearly 115,000 total units in its first week on the market.

That momentum should continue into the holiday selling season, as Nintendo gets ready to launch a series of great games for both of its platforms. The recently released Chibi Robo! Zip Lash (Nintendo 3DS, Oct. 9) and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U, Oct. 16) will soon be joined by The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo 3DS, Oct. 23), YO-KAI WATCH (Nintendo 3DS, Nov. 6), Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (Wii U, Nov. 13), Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U, Nov. 20), Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (Nintendo 3DS, Nov. 20), Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U, Dec. 4) and Devil’s Third (Wii U, Dec. 11).

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NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Video Games In The United States During September

The NPD Group has today revealed the best-selling video games in the United States for the month of September. You will be pleased to learn that Wii U exclusive Super Mario Maker made its debut at number six, beating the likes of Mad Max and Disney Infinity 3.0. Speaking of Disney Infinity 3.0, the Wii U version of the game was the second best-selling version. Here’s the top ten best-sellers last month in the United States.

  1. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  2. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)
  4. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  5. Destiny: The Taken King (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  6. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
  7. Disney Infinity 3.0 (360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  8. Mad Max (PS4, Xbox One)
  9. NHL 16 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  10. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)


NPD: Mobile Most Popular Platform For Gaming For Children Aged 2-17

The NPD Group has revealed the unsurprising news that smartphone and tablets are the most popular gaming platform for children aged 2-17 in the United States. The NPD Group’s recent report titled Kids and Gaming 2015 mentioned that 63 percent of kids said they play games on a mobile device. As we already know Nintendo has teamed up with DeNA to produce Nintendo branded IP for smartphones. We also know that the Pokemon Company has a brand new Pokemon title in development exclusively for smartphones titled, Pokemon Go. The first of Nintendo’s mobile and tablet games will be coming later this year.

  • 63 percent of kids said they play games on a mobile device.
  • 45 percent of kids use a home PC for gaming, a drop of 22 points since 2013.
  • The decline is most prominent among children ages 2 to 5.
  • Video game consoles are also losing ground — used by 60 percent of kids surveyed compared with 67 percent in 2013.
  • Around 41 percent of the kids surveyed by NPD said they spend more time playing games on mobile devices than they did a year ago, with the average amount of time per week growing to six hours.
  • The amount of money kids spent on digital games over the past three months climbed by $5 to $13.


NPD: Here’s The Best Selling Games In The United States In August

The NPD Group has revealed the best-selling video games in the United States during the month of August. The only title on Nintendo platforms was the latest entry in the LEGO series, LEGO Jurassic World, which is doing better on the Wii U than the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Anyway, here’s the games that sold the most during August 2015.

  1. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  2. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  3. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Lego: Jurassic World (360, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
  6. Rare Replay (Xbox One)
  7. Until Dawn (PS4)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops Combo Pack (360, PS3)
  9. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)


NPD: Nintendo Sold 7 Million Amiibos In United States Since November

Nintendo is currently raking it in with amiibo as the company has today revealed that they have sold 7 million amiibo in the United States since November 2014. The NPD Group has also reported that Nintendo has had a 30 percent increase in sales for their Nintendo 3DS hardware line for the eight months of the year. Splatoon fans will be pleased to learn that Nintendo has sold 600,000 copies of the game in the United States alone.