The fall season is about to hit, but first, there's the matter of wrapping up the summer. And for the month of August, Sony has emerged victorious once again. The PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row, continuing to outpace the Xbox One, largely on the strength of Madden NFL 16. It was a down month overall for physical gaming sales, with software sales down 10 percent from this time a year ago.
Speaking of software, Madden NFL 16 led a slow month of August overall. While Microsoft came to the plate with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Rare Replay, they just managed to come away with the third and sixth spots, respectively. Surprisingly, Minecraft continues to sell like hotcakes, coming away with second place on the strength of the old-gen console versions. Of course, given that Microsoft owns the Minecraft IP, perhaps this wasn't such a bad month for Xbox, after all.
Meanwhile, one might wonder what's happened to third-place Nintendo? Well, Nintendo is also laughing all the way to the bank, because another NPD report released earlier today (courtesy of Venture Beat) notes that while Wii U consoles may not be selling in high numbers, the publisher has sold over 7 million Amiibo figures since the month of November. That number is only set to grow with another set of the figures set to release this Friday alongside Super Mario Maker.
August Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC; new releases in bold)
Madden NFL 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
Minecraft (360, PS3, XBO, PS4)
Gears Of War Ultimate Ed (XBO)
Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
LEGO: Jurassic World (360, 3DS, NWU, PS3, XBO, PS4, PSV)
Rare Replay (XBO)
Until Dawn (PS4)
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Combo Pack (360, PS3)
Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, XBO)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)