May 2017 NPD Report: MLB The Show 17, NBA 2k17 Stay Strong


The May 2017 NDP numbers are out, and, despite only a small presence, the sports gaming market continues to find its way into the top sales for the year.

Only three sports titles cracked the top twenty games sold in 2017 so far: NBA 2K17 in eighth, MLB The Show 17 in ninth, and FIFA 17 coming in twentieth. However, these figures were for 2017 sales only, and all three of those games saw release in 2016. The top spot belonged to the barely a month old Injustice 2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a Nintendo Switch exclusive, came in second.

Given the data from the last twelve months, you can see a clearer picture of where these and other sports games fall in an actual year’s time. NBA 2K17 comes in third behind Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1. Madden NFL 17 arrives just behind it in fourth, and FIFA 17 picks up seventh.

For Xbox One owners in 2017, NBA 2K17 was the only sports title in the top ten, and it came in seventh. On PlayStation 4, however, MLB The Show 17 came in second just behind Injustice 2. NBA 2K17 arrived in eighth.

Software sales for consoles are down so far this year, coming in at $271 million. That’s down 20% from last year’s $339 million.

According to the report, hardware sales are up seven percent, reaching $147 million. They cite the March release of the Nintendo Switch as part of that boom.

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Jesse Galena
As a fan of spectacle in all forms, Jesse Galena particularly enjoys MMA, eSports, as well as professional and indie wrestling. Jesse’s always excited to try any sports game that leans toward the bizarre or unconventional, though nothing can replace a well-executed classic. Outside of video games, Jesse enjoys playing ridiculous table top RPGs, watching standup comedy, and losing at board games. He also writes fantasy/sci-fi novels and RPG material. You can follow him on Twitter @RexiconJesse.