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NPD: Monster Hunter: World Fulfills Its Global Dominance in North America

by Jose Belmonte

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Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World was the top selling game in North America in January, according to the information revealed by the NPD Group. This way the PS4/Xbox One release has now dominated the charts in all major territories, including the United Kingdom and Japan. This entry represents the long-desired jump of the franchise from a more specialized audience to attracting a level of sales comparable to any other global brand. In fact, earlier this week we discussed how essential this success felt for the future of Capcom, after the Japanese developer had seen how most of its major franchises had disappointing sales this generation.

It is worth noting that Monster Hunter was the best selling game for both PS4 and Xbox One, even beating the numbers of the hugely popular Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, which came in second in the Xbox-specific list. The glowing reviews that the game has been receiving are no doubt part of the reason why the series has found an entire new audience with this entry.

Entering at the second place overall is Bandai Namco’s excellent Dragon Ball FighterZ, which doesn’t come as a surprise, as the company had recently announced that the game had become the fastest-selling Dragon Ball game in history. And the future looks bright for the fighting game, as it’s getting continued support in form of DLC releases, and it has been revealed as part of the official lineup of EVO 2018.

Also worth mentioning are the strong performance of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds based only in Xbox One sales, as the charts don’t track Steam numbers, or the entry of PS4 exclusive Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT in the top 20 at number 18. Check out the software charts below.

November 2017 NPD Best Sellers

1- Monster Hunter: World
2- Dragon Ball: Fighterz
3- Call of Duty: WWII
4- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds*
5- Grand Theft Auto V
6- NBA 2K18
7- Super Mario Odyssey**
8- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
9- Mario Kart 8**
10- Madden NFL 18
11- Star Wars: Battlefront II*
12- Assassin’s Creed: Origins
13- UFC 3
14- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
15- FIFA 18*
16- Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
17- The Sims 4*
18- Splatoon 2**
19- Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
20- Need for Speed: Payback*

Xbox One

Monster Hunter: World
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Call of Duty: WWII
Dragon Ball Fighterz
Grand Theft Auto V
Star Wars: Battlefront II
NBA 2K18
Madden NFL 18
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
UFC 3

PlayStation 4

Monster Hunter: World
Dragon Ball Fighterz
Call of Duty: WWII
Grand Theft Auto V
NBA 2K18
Madden NFL 18
Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
Star Wars: Battlefront II
UFC 3
FIFA 18

Nintendo Switch**

Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart 8
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Splatoon 2
Pokken Tournament DX
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
ARMS
Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Doom 2016

Nintendo 3DS**

Pokemon: Ultra Sun
Pokemon: Ultra Moon
Mario Kart 7
Mario Party: The Top 100
Minecraft
Super Mario Maker
Super Smash Bros.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Kirby: Battle Royale

* No PC digital sales
** No digital sales

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