Nintendo Sales Results: NPD May 2022

For the first time in awhile, Nintendo Switch dominated NPD in both aspects of money-making.

It was revealed that Nintendo Switch led the month of May in both unit AND dollar sales. It remains the best-selling hardware in units year-to-date while Xbox Series X/S continues to dominate in dollar sales year-to-date. Matt Piscatella of NPD goes on to report that overall video game hardware dollar sales fell 11% when compared to a year ago, to $216 million and spending on hardware declined 9%, to $1.8 billion.

For software, Elden Ring took the #1 spot of the Top 20; however, Nintendo Switch Sports was the highest Nintendo-published software at the #3 spot, as opposed to the #5 spot of the previous month. It’s worth noting that Nintendo does not include digital sales. The rest of the Top 20 is as follows for Nintendo: Kirby and the Forgotten Land is at #6, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at #8, Pokémon Legends: Arceus at #10, Animal Crossing: New Horizons at #13, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at #14, Mario Party Superstars at #17, and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl at #18. Third-party Switch software includes MLB The Show 22 at #5, Minecraft at #11, FIFA 22 at #16, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at #20.

Finally, we have the Top 10 best-sellers for Switch:

  1. Nintendo Switch Sports
  2. Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  3. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  5. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  8. Mario Party Superstars
  9. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild