Madden NFL 20 was July’s best-selling video game, marking the 20th consecutive year that a Madden NFL game became the best-selling game of its release month. Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the second best-selling game of July 2019, followed by Super Mario Maker 2.Madden NFL 20 immediately became the eight-best-selling game of 2019 thanks to the massive popularity of the Madden NFL game franchise. Our Madden NFL 20 review said this year’s entry had some of the best moment-to-moment gameplay in the series. However, we found other areas like the Franchise mode to be a bit lacking this year.
Meanwhile, Fire Emblem: Three Houses had the best launch of any Fire Emblem game in U.S. history. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is already the second best-selling game in the Fire Emblem franchise behind Fire Emblem: Awakening.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a triumph for Intelligent Systems, and we praised its mix of social and strategy elements in our Fire Emblem review.
It should be noted that six of the top 10 best-selling games of July 2019 are Nintendo Switch exclusives. Along with Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Super Mario Maker 2, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all made the top 10 list for July 2019.
The top 10 best-selling games of July were:
- Madden NFL 20
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- Super Mario Maker 2
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Mario Kart 8
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
For a better look at how the rest of 2019 is shaping up for games, check out our full list of 2019 video game releases. Also check out our Fire Emblem: Three Houses guide for useful information and walkthroughs. Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.