Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Zelda Top March 2017 Sales

Following Nintendo's announcement last week about the first month of Switch sales, the NPD Group has released their official survey to put Nintendo's numbers in context. This is the first reporting period to include Sony's Horizon: Zero Dawn, which launched on February 28. An Amiibo character pack tied to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild made up 43% of spending on interactive gaming toys. The Show had strong showings on the top 10 list without accounting for digital sales.

An expanded top 20 greets the Switch launch.

This uptick in sales is notable, as total physical sales had previously declined every month for the past year months.

Speaking of the Switch, it managed to outsell both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in March, despite its limited availability.

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Well, it looks like everything we've suspected about the Nintendo Switch is true - the release of the console has broken records as evidenced by the NPD results, which Nintendo managed to get ahold of. Hardware sales almost doubled, to $485M, as the Nintendo Switch had the second-biggest launch for any platform in more than 20 years. "The two Nintendo Switch SKUs, the 32GB Gray Joy-Con, followed by the 32GB Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con, were the best-selling systems for the month".

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was reported to have over a 99% attach rate, suggesting that the 102% figure quoted by Nintendo included digital sales, and BotW was the second best selling game in the NPD's all-format chart behind Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

It had the best ever launch for a Ghost Recon game and the second best ever for a Tom Clancy game, behind only The Division.

In terms of other new releases Mass Effect: Andromeda debuted at number three, but with a smaller launch than Mass Effect 3. And as for Horizon: Zero Dawn, the month's fourth best-selling game, it was developer Guerrilla's "best launch ever", Naji said, noting it sold "twice as much" as PS4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall, the previous record-holder.

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