July NPD report: Paper Mario + Ghost of Tsushima dominate sales while GTA V slips from the top 20

By Aaron Potter | | 158 |

Being midway through the month means that the NPD Group has done its usual thing in sharing insightful video game sales data in relation to North America. While not representative of us here in the UK, it can still reveal some interesting nuggets of information. Chief amongst these is the fact that game content reached $3.3 billion in sales (up 34% on last year ) and which of July’s video games sold best.

Unsurprisingly, both Ghost of Tsushima and Paper Mario: The Origami King were the two leaders of the pack, being some of last month’s high-profile releases. The PS4 exclusive open-world title eventually came out on top, placing #1 for physical video game sales in North America throughout the month of July and quickly being followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at #2 and Paper Mario: The Origami King at #3.

Here’s the full list of the best-selling video games in North America last month:

  1. Ghost of Tsushima
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Paper Mario: The Origami King*
  4. The Last of Us Part 2
  5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  6. Ring Fit Adventure
  7. Mortal Kombat 11
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  10. Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris
  11. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  13. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  14. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  15. MLB: The Show 20
  16. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  17. Need for Speed: Heat
  18. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  19. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  20. Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Another cool titbit was in how Grand Theft Auto V didn’t chart in the top 20 at all in July, which is extremely surprisingly considering that it has continued to sell ganagbusters since it’s initial release back in 2013. However, don’t expect Rockstar’s game to be kept out of here for long. It’s more likely indicative of players who already own that game purchasing other things.

Ghost of Tsushima not only took the top spot for July, but it has now become the fifth best-selling game in North America for the entire year. Yet to try out this Japan-set adventure? We’ll include the best current price for it below:

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    Aaron Potter

    A fervent word whisperer and lifetime TimeSplitters fanatic, Aaron’s video game obsession started after playing GTA far too young. Since then, he’s tried to put it to good use writing for places like GamesRadar, Kotaku, and now Console Deals.