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NPD 2018 summary: Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out on top

NPD has prepared a summary of 2018 in the video game industry, revealing two notable points: Red Dead Redemption II, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Red Dead Redemption II debuted in late October, but nevertheless managed to become the game of the year.

The NPD study group released a report summarizing the results of the American gaming market for December and for the last year in general.

2018 Summary

Last year's revenue in the industry was $43.4 billion, 17% more than in 2017. Americans spent $35.8 billion on games (15% increase), $5.1 billion on consoles (8% more than in 2017) and $4.5 billion on accessories (33% increase). It was the best year in the history of the industry.

The figures are based on industry-wide estimates, including elements that are usually ignored in the company's reports, such as subscriptions, microtransactions and mobile games. Last year, Americans spent 7.1 billion dollars on copies of PC and console games alone, 7% more than in 2017.

Most profitable games of 2018

#

Game:

1.

Red Dead Redemption II

2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

3.

NBA 2K19

4.

Madden NFL 19

5.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

6.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

7.

Far Cry 5

8.

God of War

9.

Monster Hunter: World

10.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

11.

Grand Theft Auto V

12.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

13.

FIFA 19

14.

Battlefield V

15.

Super Mario Odyssey

16.

Call of Duty: WWII

17.

Dragon Ball: FighterZ

18.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

19.

Super Mario Party

20.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

In the case of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Odyssey, Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, Super Mario Party, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 the result did not include digital sales. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Call of Duty: WWII, FIFA 19, Madden NFL 19 and Battlefield V did not include digital copies of the PC versions.

Most profitable games of 2018 by platform:

PlayStation 4:

#

Game:

1.

Red Dead Redemption II

2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

3.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

4.

God of War

5.

NBA 2K19

6.

Madden NFL 19

7.

Far Cry 5

8.

Monster Hunter: World

9.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

10.

FIFA 19

 

Xbox One:

#

Game:

1.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

2.

Red Dead Redemption II

3.

Madden NFL 19

4.

NBA 2K19

5.

Far Cry 5

6.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

7.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

8.

Monster Hunter: World

9.

Forza Horizon 4

10.

Battlefield V

 

Switch:

#

Game:

1.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

2.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

3.

Super Mario Odyssey

4.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

5.

Super Mario Party

6.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

7.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!

8.

Splatoon 2

9.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

10.

Kirby Star Allies

The entire summary for the Nintendo Switch console is based exclusively on box sales.

3DS :

#

Game:

1.

Pokemon: Ultra Sun

2.

Pokemon: Ultra Moon

3.

Mario Kart 7

4.

Super Smash Bros.

5.

Detective Pikachu

6.

Super Mario 3D Land

7.

Minecraft

8.

Luigi’s Mansion

9.

Mario Party: The Top 100

10.

Super Mario Maker

Also in the case of 3DS, the list includes only boxed sales.

December 2018 r.

Sales of consoles, accessories and unused copies of boxed games in December brought in $3.41 billion, i.e. 2% more than 3.34 billion earned in the same month of 2017. As usual, we would like to remind you that the figures do not give a full picture of the condition of the industry, as they do not take into account the trade in used game copies, and due to the fact the NPD obtains highly incomplete information from digital distribution.

In December, Americans spent $1.23 billion on new PC and console games, which is a 3% decrease compared to the same month last year. In turn, the sales of consoles alone generated $1.17 billion in revenue (down 8%), and those of accessories and cards – $1.01 billion, i.e. 29% more than in the last month of 2017.

Nintendo Switch was the most popular console. Interestingly, it was the best December for any platform in this generation. The console was w inner throughout the year. Additionally, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate scored the best first month in the history of exclusive games.

Most profitable games of December 2018:

#

Game:

1.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

3.

Red Dead Redemption II

4.

Battlefield V

5.

NBA 2K19

6.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

7.

Madden NFL 19

8.

Super Mario Party

9.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

10.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

11.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

12.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!

13.

Super Mario Odyssey

14.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

15.

Just Cause 4

16.

FIFA 19

17.

Grand Theft Auto V

18.

Minecraft

19.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

20.

Fallout 76

In the case of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Party, Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu!, Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!, Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Fallout 76 the results did not include digital sales.

The revenue of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Battlefield V, Madden NFL 19 and Spyro Reignited Trilogy did not include digital copies of PC versions.

  1. NPD Group official homepage
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