March 2021 NPD PS5 PlayStation 5 1
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PlayStation 5 is the fastest-selling console in US history, after five months on the market. You may have read this headline before, but there’s an important distinction compared to February 2021’s NPD report: the next-gen format has achieved the feat in both dollar sales and unit sales, whereas last month it was still a whisker behind the PS4 in units when launch aligned.

It’s absolutely worth reiterating that Sony has achieved this feat in a global pandemic, which is extremely impressive. Obviously, lockdowns have increased interest in home entertainment, but getting this amount of consoles manufactured and shipped under unprecedented circumstances is a real testament to the entire team at PlayStation.

In terms of software, March 2021 saw Outriders reach third in the US software sales charts, which is incredible considering it was given away at launch as part of Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription. Yes, we were wrong! Elsewhere, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales continues to perform incredibly well; it was the second-best selling game on PlayStation platforms for the month, no doubt boosted by new PS5 stock.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time also jumped 50 places month-over-month to reach 15th position, boosted by its release on new platforms, as well as the success Crash Bandicoot: On the Run for smartphones. Sony’s new DualSense controller continues to be the best-selling peripheral, while the industry as a whole saw an 18 per cent increase in revenue year-over-year.

NPD Software Top 20: March 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Monster Hunter: Rise
  3. Outriders
  4. Super Mario 3D World
  5. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  9. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
  10. Minecraft
  11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  12. Super Mario Bros Ultimate*
  13. Pokémon Sword/Shield*
  14. Mortal Kombat 11
  15. Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  17. Madden NFL 21
  18. NBA 2K21*
  19. Super Mario Party
  20. FIFA 21

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: March 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Outriders
  4. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  5. Madden NFL 21
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  7. Minecraft
  8. Ghost of Tsushima
  9. NBA 2K21
  10. Mortal Kombat 11

NPD Best-Selling Games of 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Super Mario 3D World*
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  4. Monster Hunter: Rise
  5. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Minecraft
  8. Madden NFL 21
  9. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  10. Outriders

* Digital sales not included

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