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Nintendo Switch and Splatoon 2 lifts US games market in July

Sales for July up 19% as Splatoon 2 outsells Crash Bandicoot

Nintendo is continuing to dominate the US games market, with Switch the best-selling console of July.

The console's success was boosted by the arrival of new stock alongside Splatoon 2. The Switch exclusive paint shooter was the No.1 game of the month, beating Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy down to No.2 (the Activision title is in its second month on the charts, and was at No.4 in June).

July is not a major month for the games industry, but it was still a stronger month than the year prior. Software sales (excluding PC) pulled in $263m, a rise of 17% compared with July 2016. Hardware sales, driven by Switch, rose 29% year-on-year to $182m, while accessories are up 9% to $129m. PC game sales also rose, from $12m to $14m - up 14%. In total, $588m was made from video game products last month in the US, a rise of 19% year-on-year.

Nintendo had three games in the Top Seven, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at No.5 and Mario Kart 8 at No.7. Both games may have charted higher if Nintendo shared its digital data with NPD. It's currently one of just a few companies that doesn't share its download figures.

Elsewhere, there are three Call of Duty games in the Top 20, with Modern Warfare Remastered joining Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare. Over the past 12 months, Infinite Warfare is the best-selling game in the US, despite the title underperforming from Activision's perspective.

As for 2017, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the best-selling game of the year so far, and Ubisoft remains the No.1 publisher in the US. In total, software sales are up less than 1% in 2017 versus 2016 (year-to-date).

Sticking with the whole year, PS4 remains the country's best-selling console so far. Overall hardware sales are up 20% in 2016 to $1.6bn, and that's been driven by Nintendo's Switch, despite stock issues.

In the accessories sector, it is Nintendo Switch and Xbox One accessories that have caused the spending growth. However, the toys-to-life segment continues to struggle, so far this year sales of 'interactive gaming toys' are down 39%.

Here are the best-selling games of July according to NPD:

1Splatoon 2
2Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
3Grand Theft Auto V
4Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
5The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
6Injustice 2
7Mario Kart 8
8Overwatch
9Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
10NBA 2K17
11Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
12Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
13Call of Duty: Black Ops III
14Minecraft
15Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
16MLB 17: The Show
17Arms
18Battlefield 1
19Mass Effect: Andromeda
20Tekken 7

And here are the best-selling games of 2017 so far:

1Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
2The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
3For Honor
4Grand Theft Auto V
5Horizon: Zero Dawn
6Injustice 2
7Mass Effect: Andromeda
8Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
9NBA 2K17
10Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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