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U.S: Here’s The NPD Sales Results For November 2018, “Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu Launch Month Sales 2nd Highest In Franchise History”

NPD‘s hardware news is nothing but good news for Nintendo. But that’s not all. Nintendo had some great news that also came from NPD’s software data. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee launched in November, and it had a fantastic start. According to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, “Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee are the No. 5 and No. 6 best-selling games of November, respectively. Launch month sales of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu are the second highest in franchise history, trailing only Pokémon Stadium, which launched on the Nintendo 64 in the March 2000 tracking period”.

It’s very possible that, because Nintendo doesn’t share digital sales of their games, that Pokemon Let’s Go charted even higher. Also, according to Venture Beat, “if you combine both Pikachu and Eevee, that single game would likely place higher on the sales chart”. As always, the NPD’s software data also contains chart data, so that can be seen down below.

The best-selling games of November 2018 in the U.S.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales — not number of units sold. 

  1. Red Dead Redemption II
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4**
  3. Battlefield V**
  4. Fallout 76*
  5. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
  6. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
  7. NBA 2K19
  8. Madden NFL 19^
  9. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  10. FIFA 19**
  11. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  12. Super Mario Party*
  13. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  14. Mario Kart 8*
  15. WWE 2K19
  16. God of War 2018
  17. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
  18. Just Dance 2019
  19. Grand Theft Auto V
  20. Forza Horizon 4

*Does not include digital sales
**Does not include PC digital sales

Top 10 best-selling games so far this year

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4*
  2. Red Dead Redemption II
  3. NBA 2K19
  4. Far Cry 5
  5. Madden NFL 19**
  6. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  7. God of War 2018
  8. Monster Hunter: World
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4*
  2. Red Dead Redemption II
  3. Call of Duty: WWII**
  4. NBA 2K19
  5. Far Cry 5
  6. Madden NFL 19**
  7. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  8. God of War 2018
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*

Top 10 Nintendo Switch (no digital)

  1. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu
  2. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee
  3. Super Mario Party
  4. Mario Kart 8
  5. Super Mario Odyssey
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  7. Just Dance 2019
  8. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  10. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Top 10 Nintendo 3DS (no digital)

  1. Luigi’s Mansion
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  3. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  4. Super Mario 3D Land
  5. Mario Kart 7
  6. Super Smash Bros.
  7. Minecraft
  8. Detective Pikachu
  9. Donkey Kong Country Returns
  10. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds


11 thoughts on “U.S: Here’s The NPD Sales Results For November 2018, “Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu Launch Month Sales 2nd Highest In Franchise History””

  1. I hope the success of the Let’s GO spin-offs leads to them making a sub-franchise of other past gens getting the Let’s GO treatment, like what’s his face said, and not to change course with the mainline entries coming next year so they can sell to a bigger audience. The former is okay but the latter is bad.

    1. Wait, Yellow was really good, are you sure others are up to its level? I’m completely ignorant on this, but I actually bought a Pokemon X for my nephew if I’m right and it was excessively childish, graphically too, in my opinion. I hope to like Let’s Go, but looks good so far.

      1. Like Ash, Pokemon hasn’t aged with it’s original fanbase from the late 1990s. Once this franchise hit it big with us as kids, and when the anime was such a hit with us, too, Nintendo kept it as a kid’s franchise. Of course, I blame the Ash & Pikachu Adventures in the Pokemon World anime for why the games haven’t aged with us. Just one more reason to be sick of Ash Ketchum.

    2. Anyone who calls Let’s Go a spin-off at this point is lying to himself or is intentionally deceiving others. You ought to be corrected.

      1. Oh they are spin-offs. Mainline games go by names like Red/Blue Version, X/Y Version, Sun/Moon Version. Nintendo simply said they are “mainline” games to trick poor fools into thinking they are mainline games so they’ll fall in line & buy them. CBS tried (or is still trying) the same bullshit with Star Trek Discovery when they claimed that shit show is canon to the Prime Universe. Now the Let’s GO games aren’t on the same level of trash as that show is but they still aren’t mainline games.

        It’s sad, really, that Nintendo had no faith in the Let’s GO games selling on their own merits and had to try & trick people into thinking they are mainline games when they clearly aren’t since you can’t battle wild Pokemon to catch them. Let’s GO is more close to Pokemon GO than the Pokemon Versions. Companies can lie, too, so don’t be a fool & believe everything they tell you.

      2. Thanks to another, I realize mainline isn’t the proper term here as even spin-offs can become mainline games in their own right. So main series is the more appropriate term to use when referring to the Pokemon Versions.

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