Ghost Recon, Legend Of Zelda Dominate March 2017 Game Sales

by Robert Workman


The NPD Group has revealed its top-selling games for March 2017, and it seems there’s a surprise contender for the top spot, as Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands has taken a first place victory over The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – despite its impressive sales on the Nintendo Switch.

The list of games is compiled between U.S. dollar sales and combined digital and physical sales as provided by the publishers, save for Sony and Nintendo.

Per the report, the company noted that total video game spending for the month – including hardware and software alike – managed to increase 24 percent year-over-year, going to $1.3 billion. NPD Group analyst Sam Naji noted that the Nintendo Switch’s launch on March 3rd helped bump these numbers up significantly.

Speaking of the Switch, it managed to outsell both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in March, despite its limited availability. Naji noted that the system “almost doubled” the total U.S. hardware sales count for the month, to $485 million in all.

"March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records," Naji explained. "The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category."

As for which version of the Switch sold the best, it was noted that the gray model actually managed to outsell the red and blue neon edition.

Going back to games, it was a pretty tight race in the top five. Aside from Ghost Recon Wildlands taking a first place spot and Breath of the Wild in an easy second place finish, the top five consisted of games like Mass Effect: Andromeda, Horizon: Zero Dawn and MLB the Show 17.

Check out the full top ten list below!

  1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  5. MLB The Show 17
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. For Honor
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Nier: Automata
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

 Even though the popular game count for April is a bit lower, the numbers coming out of the month should be interesting. Will Zelda retake the lead?

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.