According to the December NPD, the Nintendo Switch is the best-selling console of 2018 and Red Dead Redemption II is the best-selling game of 2018.


Nintendo Switch set the record for most units sold and dollars made in a year (PS4 set it in 2015). It’s also the most units sold (since 2010) and dollars made (since 2009) by a single console in December since the Wii set those records. Nintendo’s hybrid console sold 1.77 million units in the month. To demonstrate how much the Switch dominated, the Xbox One was the second best-selling console at 922,000 and the PS4 was third at 797,000.

Overall, hardware sales were up 8% compared to December 2017 at $5.1 billion, the highest amount in a decade.

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Game Sales for the Year

Red Dead Redemption II is the best-selling game of 2018, leapfrogging Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (not including PC sales). The following are the top ten selling games:

1. Red Dead Redemption 2
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
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 2018
9. Monster Hunter: World
10. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Refusing to be forgotten, Grand Theft Auto V was the 11th best-selling game of the year. Of the top 20 games, six were exclusive to the Switch. God of War and Spider-Man are the only other exclusives on the list. Mario Kart 8 also ended the year becoming the second best-selling racing game behind Mario Kart Wii.

Game Sales for December

While Red Dead took over Black Ops 4 for the best-selling game of the year, it was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that was top-selling game for the month. Here is the top ten:

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
3. Red Dead Redemption II
4. Battlefield V
5. NBA 2K19
6. Mario Kart 8
7. Madden NFL 19
8. Super Mario Party
9. Pokémon: Lets Go Pikachu
10. Marvel’s Spider-Man

Once again, Black Ops 4 does not count PC sales, and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee was the 12th best-selling game of the month.

Industry Growth

On a side note, according to the Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry grew 18% in 2018. In the United States, the industry set the record for $43.5 billion for the year. Within the last decade, the industry has tripled in size with over 220 thousand jobs.

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