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New Releases Disappoint During Slow Month As Madden NFL 20 Tops August NPD Charts

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The worst August for software program gross sales in over 20 years.


August 2019 was the worst August by way of software program gross sales within the United States, as per the NPD Group (through GamesBeat). Dollar gross sales fell 22 per cent year-on-year to $257 million, which is the bottom recorded for the month of August because the August of 1998, with the slowdown of {hardware} gross sales leading to the identical. That mentioned, year-to-date software program gross sales for 2019 stand at $3.1 billion, which is a 1 per cent enhance over final year- pushed by rising software program gross sales on the Nintendo Switch.

It’s been a fairly gradual month for software program gross sales within the United States throughout. Madden NFL 20, which topped software program charts final month, has finished so but once more. It’s the third best-selling sport of 2019 within the US, and that is the seventh consecutive August to see a Madden sport topping the software program charts. The different two video games within the high Three are significantly older, with Minecraft occupying second place – the best the sport has ever charted on NPD charts – whereas the evergreen Grand Theft Auto 5 refuses to decelerate in third place.

The whole high 10 has just one new August launch charting, in actual fact, which is Astral Chain. Considering the truth that the sport’s gross sales have been solely tracked for 2 days for these charts, putting tenth shouldn’t be too dangerous. Another sport that solely tracked for 2 days is Man of Medan, which is available in at No. 19- although that’s a $30 sport, which impacts its placement within the software program charts, that are based mostly on income, and never the variety of items bought.

Control was yet one more main launch in August, nevertheless it’s seen a disappointing debut. Charting for 5 days, it didn’t even crack the highest 20. Meanwhile, Triumph Studios’ Age of Wonders: Planetfall is available in at No. 15, producing the best launch month gross sales within the sequence’ historical past.

You can take a look at the complete software program charts under.

  1. Madden NFL 20**
  2. Minecraft***
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses*
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  6. Super Mario Maker 2*
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Mortal Kombat 11
  9. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  10. Astral Chain*
  11. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  13. Red Dead Redemption II
  14. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII**
  15. Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  16. Super Mario Party*
  17. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order*
  18. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  19. The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan
  20. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

*Does not embody digital gross sales
**Does not embody PC digital gross sales
***Minecraft digital gross sales embody Xbox One and PlayStation 4, however not different digital gross sales.