Zelda Breath of the Wild sales

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Following Nintendo's announcement last week about the first month of Switch sales, the NPD Group has released their official survey to put Nintendo's numbers in context. The Show had strong showings on the top 10 list without accounting for digital sales.

Overall, total video game spending-across hardware, software, and accessories-improved year-over-year, rising 24 percent to over $1.3 billion.

You can see all of the top-seller lists NPD shared below. In a statement, NPD Group analyst Sam Naji said the launch of the Nintendo Switch on March 3 and a number of big-name games helped spending improve.

For hardware specifically, the Nintendo Switch outsold the PS4 and Xbox One in March.

According to the statistics released, the launch of the Switch contributed to U.S. hardware sales going up a whopping 91% since the previous year, as well as the Breath of the Wild amiibo contributing 43% of the total Interactive Toy Gaming spending.

"In this debut month (month 1), the Nintendo Switch sold 31K more units than previous best-selling Nintendo month-1 platform, the Game Boy Advanced, which released back in June 2001".

Nintendo's "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" broke records for a new Nintendo game sold at the same time as a new Nintendo game machine, in this case the "Switch" video game machine.

The Nintendo Switch and Wii U blockbuster was the second best-selling game in March, behind only Ghost Recon Wildlands. It's not the best start for a Tom Clancy game, however, as that distinction goes to The Division.

According to NPD sales data, it charted above Mass Effect Andromeda and Horizon Zero Dawn in North America.

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