Elevate your enterprise data technology and strategy at Transform 2021.


The NPD Group’s list of the best-selling games in August is full of names that came out in July or earlier. Heck, Grand Theft Auto V from freaking 2013 was the No. 3 best-selling game of the month. But it wasn’t all bad news for new releases, especially for Astral Chain.

The Nintendo Switch exclusive placed 10th on the list. Compared to games like Madden, Minecraft, and Grand Theft Auto V, Astral Chain is at a disadvantage. It is only available on a single platform. The NPD Group also did not track digital sales for Astral Chain.

Astral Chain wasn’t the only August release to have a good debut. Age of Wonders: Planetfall is No. 15 on the best-sellers list. That’s a good debut for a 4X strategy game that is only available on PC. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan came in an No. 19, a good showing for the narrative-focused game that released late in the month (August 30).

Nintendo’s strong month

Platinum’s Astral Chain  helped the Switch dominate the top ten list, with five of those games being exclusives for Nintendo’s console: Fire Emblem: Three Houses (No. 4), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (No. 5), Super Mario Maker 2 (No. 6), and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (No. 7) along with Astral Chain.

Switch has many games with long sales legs like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Fire Emblem: Three Houses looks like it could also spend a good amount of time in the charts. It debuted at No. 2 in July’s NPD chart, and it only dropped down to No. 4 in August. Next month, we’ll find out if Astral Chain has any staying power.

GamesBeat

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
  • Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
  • The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
  • Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
  • And maybe even a fun prize or two
  • Introductions to like-minded parties
Become a member