NPD data shows Zelda: Skyward Sword HD as the best-selling game of July

Skyward Sword Sales

Skyward Sword beats Call of Duty

Nintendo continues to reap the benefits of re-releasing Zelda: Skyward Sword as Skyward Sword HD, as the game has taken the top-selling spot, as per new NPD data.

As shared on Twitter by Mat Piscatella of the NPD GroupSkyward Sword HD is the first Nintendo game to take the top NPD spot since Super Mario 3D World in February. Next up is Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War, which is the king of 2021 in terms of overall sales, and still clinging to life in the top five. Monster Hunter Stories 2 did very well, as Capcom has already shared themselves, claiming third overall for July, and “tripling” lifetime Monster Hunter Stories 1 sales.

So beyond that top three and the main story of the success of Skyward Sword HD, there’s a lot to sift through here. Mario Kart 8 in 4th place is utter insanity, and Nintendo has to be planning a follow-up as we speak. I mean, they can just hold its release until those sales actually slow down, that series is evergreen. Then we have Minecraft still going strong and earning that ubiquitous zeitgeist honor month over month.

Mario Golf: Super Rush may have been a disappointment to some, but it has a strong showing in sixth, so people are buying it. After that we sort of sink into the usual sports/Call of Duty listings, but Miles Morales hanging on in the top 10 gives me life.

Here’s the data for all of July:

Skyward Sword Sales

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