Nintendo Sales Results: NPD March 2021

The Nintendo Switch during the month of its fourth birthday on was on the hunt and became a monster in sales.

For hardware, dollar sales for March increased 47% compared to a year ago, at a March record $680 million, according to Matt Piscatella of NPD. Year-to-date hardware spending also totaled $1.4 billion, an increase of 81% compared to a year ago. Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars during the month of March. Interestingly, Switch was the unit sales leader while PlayStation 5 ranked first in hardware dollar sales.

For software, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the #1 seller for the Top 20 of March 2021; however, Monster Hunter Rise took the #2 spot for the month. Despite being #2, it was #1 for the Switch Top 10 and already ranks 2nd behind Monster Hunter World, the best-selling entry in the series. In terms of Nintendo-published, the rest of the Top 20 is as follows: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury at #4, Mario Kart 8 DX at #6, Animal Crossing: New Horizons at #8, Super Mario 3D All-Stars at #9, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at #12, Pokemon Sword and Shield at #13, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at #16, and Super Mario Party at #19.

In terms of third-party software on Switch, following Monster Hunter Rise at #2, Minecraft ranks at #10, Crash Bandicoot 4 (Switch version debut) at #15, NBA 2k21 at #18, and FIFA 21 at #20.

Finally, here are the Top 10 best-sellers for Switch: