Nintendo has done a good job courting third-parties to its current-gen handheld/home-console hybrid — and now we know the best selling third-party Nintendo Switch games, life-to-date, through the month of May 2019.
According to U.S. video game analyst Mat Piscatella, the following ten titles were the top-selling third-party games on the Nintendo Switch, life-to-date, through last month:
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Diablo III
- Just Dance 2019
- Just Dance 2018
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
- LEGO The Incredibles
- NBA 2K18
- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
- FIFA 18
Piscatella cites The NPD Group, an American market research company, as his source for the Nintendo Switch sales data.
Quite a bit of interest on this… so I'll round out the top 10 3rd party published Switch games LTD end May '19 US, $, Phys & Dig for DLP members:
6 – LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
7 – LEGO Incredibles
8 – NBA 2K18
9 – Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
10 – FIFA 18
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) June 19, 2019
First-Party Properties Still Reign Supreme on the Nintendo Switch
Though one might initially assume that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a first-party game since it has Mario in the title, it was actually developed by Ubisoft, Ubisoft Milan, Ubisoft Paris, and Ubisoft Montpellier. Released exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in August 2019, the turn-based tactical role-playing game featuring a mashup of Mario and Rabbids boasts a very respectable 85 percent rating on Metacritic, a review aggregator.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle currently sitting on top of the list of best-selling third-party Nintendo Switch games indicates that officially-licensed games with Nintendo characters reign supreme. As such, it will be interesting to see how Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda performs in the market — which has so far been met with almost-unanimously positive reviews.
On a similar note, the fact that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is second on the list suggests that the newly-released Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled may also sell very well on the Nintendo Switch.
Missing Some Information
For those surprised not to see the likes of Skyrim or Minecraft on the list, it must be noted that publishers Bethesda and Microsoft do not share digital sales data with NPD — misrepresenting the actual list of top-selling games, to some degree. Other publishers also refrain from sharing digital data with the market research company.
What do you think about the best-selling third-party titles on the Nintendo Switch? Are you surprised by any of the games on the list? Do you by physical copies or do you prefer digital purchases? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Images courtesy of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle press kit, Twitter/@MatPiscatella, YouTube/Nintendo.