NPD August 2015: Are You Ready For Some Football?


Each month industry experts are given a report that details all of the consoles and software numbers sold from physical retail brick-and-mortar stores within the United States, which are then reported on by sites privileged with that sort of information. They are published from the NPD group, with this month’s numbers reporting for NPD August 2015.

Top 10 most sold physical software titles in the US, according to NPD August 2015 numbers (bracket order=most-to-least sold version):

  1. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  2. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  3. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Lego: Jurassic World (360, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
  6. Rare Replay (Xbox One)
  7. Until Dawn (PS4)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops Combo Pack (360, PS3)
  9. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Overall retail sales down 2% year over year.
  • Hardware sales up 2% year over year.
  • Retail software sales down 10% year over year.

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Once again, the PS4 remains the top seller of both hardware and software in the United States, although the Xbox One wasn’t that far behind. The PS4 sold roughly 207,000 units in the US last month versus the Xbox One’s roughly 202,000, according to those who’ve seen the report itself. Nintendo, meanwhile, has sold more than 600,000 total physical and digital units of Splatoon in the US, with 7 million amiibo units sold through to consumers. Overall, it’s a very nondescript month right before the retail season begins to heat up.

That said, it doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting things to note from this NPD August 2015 report. For starters, despite Xbox pushing hard for Madden (and all things NFL with their Kinect/cable box implementation, Madden NFL 16 was sold more on PS4. That could be due to bundles, which aren’t counted. Rare Replay and Until Dawn were exciting to see in numerous ways, with them both being exclusives and the later releasing to little promotion with just 4 days of tracking on the NPD.

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