Console sales, which alone represent $ 329 million in August 2021 (the best result since August 2008) are once again at the forefront of this great growth. The Switch continues to lead the month and year sales in volume (the number of consoles sold) while the PlayStation 5 dominates in value (the money generated from sales) for the month and year. also. After 10 months on the market, the PlayStation 5 is also the best-selling PlayStation console in history despite the shortages we know. All consoles combined, only the Switch and the Game Boy Advance have sold more copies than the PS5 at the same stage of their career.
The main release of the month is unsurprising Madden NFL 22 which easily takes the lead in the standings and immediately wins as the 4th best seller of the year. For 22 years, Madden NFL has never missed the first place the month of its release. This is not, however, a top without surprise since Ghost of Tsushima relatively surprisingly offers itself a place of dolphin thanks to the launch of Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut on PS5 and PS4. Important detail confirmed by Mat Piscatella: this second place is due only to sales of the full game, which means that the income generated by the paid upgrade (20 euros or 30 euros depending on the platform) did not influence its position in the ranking and that this release did attract a significant number of new buyers.
While Sucker Punch is enjoying a second consecutive summer in the sun, the real novelty of the month is called Humankind, which achieved a nice 4th place for a game available only on PC. The rest of the ranking is no big surprise with still a strong presence of Nintendo games and the usual big licenses, but also a nice outfit of Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusives, which even occupy half of the top 10 PlayStation thanks to the surprise return of The Last of Us Part II (carried by a special promotion in August). Note in passing that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is already the best-selling episode in franchise history. No good surprise, however, for No More Heroes 3 nor for Psychonauts 2 who will have to rely on the attention of Xbox Game Pass subscribers to showcase its many qualities
On the accessories side, which grossed $ 164 million, the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller won in August even though the DualSense remains the best-selling accessory since the start of the year. Finally, in partnership with Sensor Tower, the NPD now offers a small supplement dedicated to mobile games. So we learn that Candy Crush Saga, Garena Free Fire, Roblox, Master Corner, Pokémon GO, Genshin Impact, Homescapes, Clash of clans and PUBG Mobile are the top-grossing iOS and Android games in August.