The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD was the best-selling game within the US for July.
According to the newest report published by US-based marketing research group NPD, the Zelda remaster took the highest spot in terms of dollar sales, which only included retail sales, making it Nintendo‘s first game to hit favorite during a month since Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury in February.
Another high new entry was Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin, which hit the third place, although this was available on PC also as Nintendo Switch. Other Nintendo titles also had a surge in sales, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which went to fourth place from seventh the previous month.
July also saw a rise in consumer spending on hardware, software, and accessories, which amounted to US$4.6billion (£3.3billion), a ten percent increase over last year.
This may flow from to new expensive next-gen consoles, with the PS5 leading hardware sales in July. The Switch, however, remains the best-selling console from year-to-date in both units and dollar sales.
Nintendo’s had even greater success in its native home of Japan because the week of August 2-8 saw Nintendo Switch titles dominating the whole Top 30 Japanese games chart. This feat has not been accomplished since 1988 when Famicom titles dominated the chart.
The Switch continues to interrupt records, having sold almost a 90million units, outselling the Wii U and 3DS combined and is on target to overtake the lifetime sales of the Wii.
The hybrid console also will be getting a hardware refresh when the Nintendo Switch OLED launches on October 8, featuring a replacement 7-inch OLED display, a good adjustable stand, improved speakers, and a dock that has an ethernet port.
Elsewhere, Xbox head Phil Spencer has said that xCloud will work on the Steam Deck, while he praised Valve’s new handheld as “a specialized device.”