Mario Tennis Aces serves up a top place finish with only a week on the market.
With only a week of software sales tracked (owing to its June 22 release date), Mario Tennis Aces, the new tennis game starring Nintendo’s moustachioed platformer that was billed as a comeback for the beleaguered, once beloved series, managed to top software charts entirely, outperforming new multiplatform AAA game release from Ubisoft (among other games).
The most amazing thing here is that Mario Tennis Aces managed this without digital sales being tracked (they are counted for all other non-Nintendo games on the chart); it’s entirely possible its domination was even more thorough once digital sales were accounted for.
Elsewhere on the charts, The Crew 2 seems to have had a moderate debut (it charted at #5), Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy seems to have done well thanks to its Xbox One and Switch debut, while God of War, Grand Theft Auto 5, Detroit: Become Human, Far Cry 5, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all continued to leg it out and perform strongly last month. The success of Mario Tennis, alongside all of their evergreens (a quarter of the software charts was all Nintendo) made them the best performing game publisher of the month.
“Nintendo Switch was the only platform that produced software sales growth in June, with dollar sales more than doubling those of June 2017,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella to VentureBeat. “Year-to-date software sales on Nintendo Switch are also more than double those of a year ago.”
You can see the full software charts for yourself below. If you haven’t already, check out the hardware sales for the month of June as reported by the NPD here.