August NPD: Mario Kart cracks top 5, Breath of the Wild still holding strong

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Animal Crossing sales

The NPD Group unveiled their official financial results for August 2018, which saw consumers spend just under $800 million on video game products in total.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe cracked the top 5 in overall sales. Breath of the Wild, too, managed to hold strong, nabbing #9. Super Mario Odyssey continues to do well month-to-month. It landed at #10 on the list. Down below is the full list of top performing games.

Top 20 best selling games of August

  1. Madden NFL 19**
  2. Monster Hunter: World
  3. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Mario Kart 8*
  6. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  7. God of War
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*
  11. Minecraft
  12. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  13. Far Cry 5
  14. Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate
  15. Call of Duty: WWII
  16. Mario Tennis Aces*
  17. Overwatch**
  18. Lego The Incredibles
  19. We Happy Few*
  20. The Crew 2

Nintendo had a quiet month in terms of their release schedule, which allowed many older games to take the spotlight. As we get into the holiday season, expect to see these lists dramatically change. Here are the top performing games on each of Nintendo’s platforms.

Nintendo Switch

  1. Mario Kart 8
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Monster Hunter: Generations Ultiamte
  5. Mario Tennis Aces
  6. Octopath Traveler
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  9. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  10. Minecraft


  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. WarioWare: Gold
  3. Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Super Mario 3D Land
  7. Minecraft
  8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  9. Super Mario Maker
  10. Mario Party: The Top 100

Nintendo has a catalog of evergreen franchises, which is proven by the company’s sales in August. Regardless of whether or not a big game releases on Switch or 3DS, fans have a vast array of titles to pick up and dive into.

Do any of the games on this list surprise you? Let us know in the comments section down below!


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Aric Sweeny
Former Editor-in-Chief, now staff writer here at NE. I'm an English student in California. Let's talk Pokémon.