In a trend that seems poised to continue for the foreseeable future until a new console generation hits, the Nintendo Switch continued to be both the best-selling hardware platform for June as well as for the first half of the year as PS4 and Xbox One hardware sales continue to decline.
Overall games spending in the US for June was down 13% year-over-year to $959 million according to The NPD Group, with every category (hardware, software, accessories and game cards) declining. Year-to-date spending is also down 4%.
Hardware spending specifically was down 33% year-over-year to $235 million as every platform declined but the Nintendo Switch. Accesssories and game cards were down 7% to $338 million, which NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said on Twitter was an indication of the battle royale boom being more short-term than long-term. "Hardware and Accessories really getting hit hard by the [comparison] to last summer when Fortnite was causing both to jump in sales," he tweeted.
Nintendo also came out ahead in software sales in June, with Super Mario Maker 2 topping the sales charts for the month despite digital sales not being included. It's also the best-selling Mario Maker game to-date. Mortal Kombat 11 is still the best-selling game of the year so far, and it hung in at No.3 for the month.