was the ideal-promoting game in June, followed by Crash Group Racing: Nitro-Fueled, whilst the Nintendo Switch was the month’s ideal-promoting console.According to the NPD Group, reporting the major-promoting games of the month and the year so far, noted Mario Maker 2’s launch month surpassed each the original Super Mario Maker as properly as the 3DS version’s respective launch months. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch is not only June’s ideal-promoting console but also all of 2019’s so far. And, according to NPD, the Switch is the only console in 2019 displaying year-more than-year development (it did, of course, launch later than each the PS4 and Xbox 1.)
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled had the “highest launch month total” in the entire Crash Bandicoot franchise’s history, with the previous best having been set by Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy’s 2017 launch. IGN’s Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled review said the updated kart racer is “a thrilling ride that keeps the excellent original game intact while adding some quality of life updates, such as an improved HUD, and obligatory modern trappings such as unlockable cosmetics.”
Mario Maker 2 and CTR were followed by Mortal Kombat 11, which had the top-earning spot for both April and May and currently remains 2019’s best-selling game to date, followed by Kingdom Hearts III.
NPD also interestingly noted that Marvel’s Spider-Man re-entered the top 10 selling games for the month of June, coming in at No. 7. It is the fifth best-selling game in the last 12-month period, and is currently the best-selling superhero game in U.S. history.
The top 10 best-selling games of June were:
- Super Mario Maker 2
- Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- NBA 2K19
- Mario Kart 8
- Days Gone
For more on the games of 2019 to come, check out our list of video game release dates for 2019, and read about how the games of 2020 look amazing.
NPD’s results are based on online and retail sales of physical video games, as well as some, but not all, digital download stores.Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.