Video Games Sales Slide Downward in March

The U.S. video games industry received a boost from massive sales of Far Cry 5 in March last year, but it’s a whole new game this year. The continued growth of Switch was also not enough to offset other expected cyclical declines. March spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards declined 11%, year over year, with all categories experiencing declines. Here’s a closer look . . .

(Hover over the [+] symbols for first-quarter games industry insights.)

All games categories slipped in March

March 2019 sales reached $1.2 billion. Hardware, software, accessories, and game cards all posted YOY declines.

First-quarter spending across all video game industry categories reached $3.2 billion, falling 2% compared to the same period last year.


March console, portable, and PC games software spending reached $547 million, falling 11% versus March 2018.

First-quarter sales of console, portable, and PC video game software totaled $1.5 billion, 2% higher than last year.

Best-Selling Titles in March:

Tom Clancy's
The Division 2

Sekiro: Shadows
Die Twice

MLB 19:
The Show

MLB 19: The Show had the highest launch month in franchise history, setting a new all-time record for a baseball-genre game.


March hardware spending fell 15% YOY, ending the month at $282 million.

First-quarter hardware spending declined 13% to $759 million.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in March and the first quarter across both unit and dollar sales.

Accessories and Game Cards

March accessories and game cards spending fell 7% to $349 million.

First-quarter spending on accessories and game cards increased 2%.

The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (Black) is the best-selling gamepad of 2019 to date, in both unit and dollar sales.

The NPD Group delivers monthly point-of-sale data on U.S. video games industry sales of new physical-game retail purchases and full game downloads from participating publishers on PlayStation, STEAM, and Xbox platforms.

Source: The NPD Group/Games Total Physical Sales, YTD March 2019 with year-over-year comparison