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Nintendo Switch holding strong in US despite hardware sales drop

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NPD Group's report on the US gaming market in March 2019 has revealed the slowdown of hardware sales, with the exception of Nintendo Switch, as well as significant wins for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Tom Clancy's The Division 2.

As far as hardware goes, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are obviously showing signs of slowing down, not least helped by the impending next gen hardware hinted by PlayStation 5 info and Xbox One's All Digital launch.

NPD's report has hardware sales at $282 million, which is 15 per cent lower than the $331 million scored in March 2018.

Nintendo's Switch, however, isn't suffering from old age and it picked up another easy win. And that's regardless of the metric you prefer, because it won in both dollar sales and units.

As far as the US goes, Nintendo is killing it in 2019, as their February results were similar, making the Switch the overall best selling and most lucrative console in Q1 2019.

When it comes to video game sales, March 2019's result of $1.179 billion is 11 per cent lower than the same month in 2018, when the US market raked in $1.325. Video game accessories and game cards also dropped by 7 per cent.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice have climbed to the top 2 in the game sales department, and that's not the end of good news here. 

NPD's list of best selling games was based on dollar sales, and it didn't even include the digital PC sales, so The Division and Sekiro did even better than the list suggest.

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NPD's list of best selling games is as follows, and once again - these measurements are not in units, but dollar sales:

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2**
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice**
  • MLB 19: The Show
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • NBA 2K19
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World*
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII**

* Digital sales not included
** PC digital sales not included