The NPD Group, which tracks and publishes retail sales numbers, has released their numbers for the month of August 2017 and Madden has unsurprisingly ruled over every other game.
The big story, however, is that Grand Theft Auto V is above just about everything else, 49 months after release. We are not talking about small hitters here. Grand Theft Auto V is beating out every single Switch game, Uncharted: Lost Legacy, and, well, pretty much every other game out in August.
The sales of Grand Theft Auto V set records when it came out. It is destroying records now.
Here is the full list of the sales ranking, including physical and digital where participation from the publisher applies.
|Grand Theft Auto V||2||Take 2 Interactive (Corp)|
|Uncharted: The Lost Legacy||3||Sony (Corp)|
|The Legend of Zelda: Breath of
|Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six:
|Mario Kart 8||7||Nintendo|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
|Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane
|Injustice 2||11||Warner Bros. Interactive|
|Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon:
|Call of Duty: Black Ops III||15||Activision Blizzard
|Agents Of Mayhem||16||Deep Silver|
|Forza Horizon 3||17||Microsoft (Corp)|
|Battlefield 1||18||Electronic Arts|
|NBA 2K17||19||Take 2 Interactive (Corp)|
|UFC 2||20||Electronic Arts|
Notably, Agents of Mayhem did not make a particularly large splash after its August 15 release, and Uncharted: Lost Legacy did incredibly well considering it launched about a week later. Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are still hanging on as the Switch’s sales stalwarts, though ARMS has completely disappeared from the top 20.
Additionally, the Nintendo Switch claims the crown of the best selling platform for August, but PlayStation 4 remains the leader for 2017 so far.
[Source: NPD Group]
Grand Theft Auto V is a beast that cannot be stopped. It alone justifies Rockstar’s stance on spacing the games so far apart, because there is no reason to rush when the previous game continues to sell forever.