Super Mario Maker 2 Is June 2019’s Best-Selling Game

The Nintendo Switch exclusive Super Mario Maker 2

was the best-selling game in June, followed by Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, while the Nintendo Switch was the month’s best-selling console.According to the NPD Group, reporting the top-selling games of the month and the year so far, noted Mario Maker 2’s launch month surpassed both the original Super Mario Maker as well as the 3DS version’s respective launch months. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch is not only June’s best-selling console but also all of 2019’s so far. And, according to NPD, the Switch is the only console in 2019 showing year-over-year growth (it did, of course, launch later than both the PS4 and Xbox One.)

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IGN’s Super Mario Maker 2 review called the sequel “the most accessible game design tool ever created, and that core is just one part of a greater whole.”

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:

  1. Super Mario Maker 2
  2. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
  3. Mortal Kombat 11
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Minecraft
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  7. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  8. NBA 2K19
  9. Mario Kart 8
  10. 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.

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