Nintendo Switch Clobbers PS4, Xbox One In NPD’s September 2017 Charts
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The NPD charts are in and there’s even more obfuscating market-speak in the latest data analysis than a marketing class about team-building and economic infrastructure being taught by the same spiel-spilling PR heads who handle YouTube’s policy and community guidelines. In fact, the report muddies the data so badly in the hardware sales department that Nintendo had to release a separate PR statement to clearly identify that the Nintendo Switch stole away another victory from the PS4 and Xbox One in the NPD September charts for 2017.

PlayStation LifeStyle rolled out the press statement from Nintendo that indicated that they were the number console for the previous month, raping the PS4 and Xbox One dry of all their sales dignity.

The statement reads…

“When combined with the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and the plug-and-play Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, Nintendo systems claimed two-thirds of the month’s total video game hardware sales.”

But even Nintendo is guilty of creating a befuddling atmosphere of billed tallies for the totality of sales in the previous month.

It turns out that the Sony PlayStation brand actually topped the charts for the most consumer spend in September. According to VentureBeat, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella explained…

“Sony’s PlayStation 4 led all hardware platforms in consumer spend during September 2017, while Nintendo Switch sold the most units amongst the current generation consoles. SNES Classic was the overall top unit selling hardware platform in the period.”

So the Nintendo Switch beat out the PS4 and Xbox One, but the PS4 racked up more revenue from hardware sales (likely due to the PS4 Pro). However, the SNES Classic Edition was the top-moving piece of console hardware throughout September, thanks to stacked supplies and a cheap $80 price point.

Unfortunately, Destiny 2 is the top selling physical retail release of the year across multiple platforms.

Piscatella informed VentureBeat…

“Destiny 2 was the top-selling game in September, driving more launch month consumer spend than any other 2017 release to date,” […] “With one month of sales, Destiny 2 also becomes the best-selling game of 2017 year to date, and the third best-selling game of the 12-month rolling period ending September 2017, trailing only Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1.”

Destiny 2 managed to outsell Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and surpass NBA 2K18 and Madden NFL 18, all three of which occupy the top spots behind Bungie’s new shooter for the best selling games of 2017, so far, at retail. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rounds out the top 5 spot, followed by GTA V and For Honor.

Horizon: Zero Dawn nabbed the number 8 spot, while Injustice 2 sits at number 9, and Mass Effect: Andromeda rests in 10th place. Interestingly enough the sales of Mass Effect: Andromeda were poor enough to cause the studio to shut down, so it’s quite telling that one of the worst selling games of 2017 so far is also one of the best-selling games of the year as well. It’s quite indicative of how poorly many of the top-name AAA titles are selling.


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