What were the Top 10 best selling games in July 2016 in the United States?
The newest NPD numbers are in, and so are the top lists of the highest selling game systems and games (by revenue) for last month in America. Now including both retail and most digital sales & revenue numbers!
Here is the full Top 10 of July 2016:
1. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
2. Overwatch (PS4, Xbox One, PC) *
3. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii U, PC, PS Vita, 3DS)
4. Monster Hunter Generations (3DS) **
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
6. Minecraft (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii U, PC, Mac, PS Vita) **
7. NBA 2K16 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
8. DOOM (PS4, Xbox One, PC) **
9. Destiny: The Taken King (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
10. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
* No Blizzard Battle.net sales included
** No digital sales included
Here’s a GTA5 TV commercial…
System Sales in July 2016:
1. Nintendo 3DS + 2DS — Got #1 overall platform spot thanks to Pokemon Go popularity!
2. Xbox One
3. PlayStation 4
4. Nintendo Wii U
5. Xbox 360
6. PlayStation 3
7. PlayStation Vita
Note: Only the first three spots are confirmed. The rest are estimates, no complete hard sales data was released for the month. NPD has also stopped tracking these numbers, which isn’t surprising since the game system publishers stopped releasing sales data over a year ago.
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Analysis of the game and hardware sales numbers:
NPD tracks retail sales to get a good impression of last month’s best selling video games. Although it doesn’t by far track all digital sales, since July 2016 NPD tracks Steam (PC), Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network for these major third-party publishers: Activision Blizzard, Capcom, Deep Silver, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros.
To quote NPD analyst Sam Naji…
About video games he said:
“Lack of strong new titles for the month resulted with poor comparison with last July’s Batman: Arkham Knight with consumers spending 14 percent less year-on-year on hardware, software, and accessories.
The best-selling new release for the month was Monster Hunter: Generations for the 3DS; but that sold 52 percent fewer dollars than last July’s new game, Rory Mcllory PGA Tour, which released for the PS4 and Xbox One. The lack of strong new releases for the month resulted in a poorer comparison year-on-year, and the top 10 games for July 2016 generated 21 percent fewer dollar sales than they did last year.”
About hardware he said:
“Spending [on hardware] declined by 30 percent versus last July due to a 10 percent decline in unit sales and a 22 percent decline in the average price. Spending on portables increased by 23 percent, but this was offset by a 37 percent decline in spending for consoles. Total spending came to $141 million, a decline of $61 million compared to July 2015.
The average price of the Xbox One fell by 30 percent compared to July 2015; this helped the platform become the best-selling [current-generation] console in terms of units sold for the month.
Declines in the average price for the 2DS by 33 percent resulted in a five-fold increase in unit sales for the 2DS to 78K units. The 3DS also saw an increase in unit sales of 18 percent, making the combined 2DS and 3DS platforms the best-selling hardware for July 2016 based on units.
After 33 months since the launches of the PS4 and the Xbox One, the combined cumulative hardware sales for these two consoles exceed the sales of their predecessors by 41 percent at the same point of their lifecycles.”