August 2015 NPD: Amiibo sales reach seven million, Splatoon at 600,000

PlayStation 4 wins the hardware war once again.


U.S. video game sales results for the month of August 2015 are in.


Consumers spent $548 million on software and hardware in August 2015, down two percent from the same period last year.

Software sales generated $207.9 million, down ten percent year-over-year from $231.3 million. Though, August 2014 saw the releases of a new Diablo III and a The Last of Us PlayStation 4 bundle.

Hardware sales generated $190.5 million, down two percent from $195.3 million in August 2014.

Top ranking standalone software for the month include:

  1. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  2. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  3. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Lego: Jurassic World (360, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
  6. Rare Replay (Xbox One)
  7. Until Dawn (PS4)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops Combo Pack (360, PS3)
  9. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)

(These figures only come from new physical games and systems sold at retailers. The NPD Group does not track digital or used game sales.)


PlayStation 4 outsold Xbox One and Wii U again in August. It was the top selling platform in both hardware and software. This means PlayStation 4 outsold both platforms every single month of the year, except April, when Xbox One managed to outsell PlayStation 4.

“We would like to thank our fans and partners for their ongoing support of PlayStation and for making PS4 the top-selling console and No. 1 in software sales in North America in August,” Sony Computer Entertainment America said in a statement. “We continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best content line-up with the launch of first-party exclusives like Until Dawn and third-party titles like Madden NFL 16, which sold more on PS4 than any other platform. In August we also saw the most successful beta in PS4 history with Call of Duty: Black Ops III, marking a significant milestone in our new partnership with Activision. We look forward to furthering momentum with the launch of Destiny: The Taken King next week.”


“Xbox One continued to gain momentum in August, with sales in the U.S. up 26 percent over August 2014,” Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols said in a statement.


Amiibo sales have totaled more than seven million, according to The NPD Group.

The 3DS handheld line of hardware have seen a 30 percent increase for the eight months of the year.

Splatoon sales have totaled 600,000 in the U.S. alone.

Thanks, VentureBeat (2, 3).

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