Video Game Spending is Up, PlayStation 4 Was the Top Selling Console in August 2018

September 19, 2018Written by Chandler Wood

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The NPD report for August 2018 is now available, giving us a look at some hard data on video game sales numbers. Overall, spending on video games is up 26% year over year, software sales increased by 16% year over over, and the PlayStation 4 retains its top spot as the best selling console year-to-date, both accounting for units sold and dollars spent. The biggest growth driver for video game sales during August 2018 was accessories and game cards, growing 39% to set a record during this particular tracking period. Overall year-to-date video game spending has reached $7.5 billion total, with nothing declining during August 2018.

Madden NFL 19 took home top prize for being the highest selling game in August 2018, but Grand Theft Auto V managed to stay in the top five, despite its latest release having been nearly four years ago. God of War just barely manages to edge out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which returns to the charts thanks to Xbox One backwards compatibility. So far Far Cry 5 leads the pack as the top selling game of 2018 year-to-date.

Check out the full video games sales charts from the NPD:

RANKINGS

Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel, ranked on dollar sales

  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

* Digital sales not included

^ PC digital sales not included

Xbox One

  1. Madden NFL 19
  2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  5. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  6. Overwatch
  7. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  8. Far Cry 5
  9. Call of Duty: WWII
  10. Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017

PS4

  1. Madden NFL 19
  2. God of War
  3. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  6. Horizon Zero Dawn
  7. Detroit: Become Human
  8. Far Cry 5
  9. MLB 18: The Show
  10. We Happy Few*

Switch

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

Year To Date

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Madden NFL 19^
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Call of Duty: WWII
  7. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. NBA 2K18
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*

Are you surprised by any of the NPD charts for August 2018? Did you think Madden NFL 19 would be the best selling title for the month? Can Marvel’s Spider-Man dethrone it in September? Perhaps the most important question of all: When will Grand Theft Auto V stop selling so well? Let us know your thoughts on the NPD sales data in the comments below.

[Source: ResetEra]