2017 Amazon.com Best-selling Video Games List Hits Web

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The New Year season is a time for lists of all kinds – wishlists fulfilled, bucket lists created, and best-of-the-best lists commemorating that which came out in the previous year. Not everyone’s lists hold the same prestige, though. Retail giant Amazon.com is a titan in the industry, so when Amazon.com releases a 2017 Amazon.com best-selling video games list, people sit up and see what the retailing juggernaut has to say. After all, if you accept the wisdom of the masses and treat sales as being indicative of a game’s quality, then where better to look for games than Amazon.com’s top-selling lists?

By far and away the largest winner in the 2017 video game console sales was Nintendo. With the launch of the new Switch console and a string of hit games under its belt, Nintendo captured the first, second, and third in the 2017 Amazon.com best-selling video games list top ten. How’s that for impressive numbers?

Amazon.com Best-Selling Games – A Transition to a Purely Digital World?

The best-seller for PlayStation was the $USD 20 PlayStation Store credit. Even further, it was the top-seller to video gamers on Amazon.com, beating out the video game offerings from Nintendo, signaling the industry’s shift towards digital downloads as the primary method for obtaining games.

The best-selling video game console was the Nintendo Switch (with grey controllers) while the best-selling video game accessory was the PlayStation 4 Dual Shock Controller.

In the purely video game software list, Nintendo’s dominance is striking.

The Big N dominates the first three spots, along with positions seven, eight, nine, and ten. At the top end of the list is the Switch’s dominant lineup of first-party titles, the success of which is to be somewhat expected, while Nintendo’s strength in the handheld category is evidenced by positions 8 and 9 which are occupied by Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon respectively.

Store gift cards are a popular item

In the overall video games industry list, the position in the first and second spot of the PlayStation Store gift card places right above Super Mario Odyssey which itself is right above a 1-year PlayStation Plus membership. Only one X Box One gift card appears on the list, in position 19, which could be interpreted as evidence of Microsoft’s difficult gaining traction this console generation.

Further evidence of Nintendo’s strength can be found in the overall list as Breath of the Wild comes in at number 10 for the now-doomed Wii U console. If you will recall Nintendo lovingly released its flagship Zelda game on both the Switch and the Wii U in a nod to the longsuffering owners of the maligned and soon-to-be defunct console.

The 2017 Amazon.com best-selling video games list is a real boon for Nintendo fans who were disappointed by the Wii U’s market reception. The return of Nintendo to the forefront of gaming is a welcome sight.

But another interesting and irrevocable trend is the shift towards a digital disposition.

Gift Cards Dominate on Amazon.com Best-selling Games List

That PlayStation’s market was dominated by store credit gift cards and even PlayStation Plus membership options can’t be looked at as anything other than the way of the future. Though many gamers have resisted moving to a digital format, it seems the transition is inevitable.

In many ways the movement from store-bought games to digital downloads is mirrored in the Switch’s transition itself. Neither occupying a wholly console nor handheld space, the Switch offers the best of both worlds. One can’t help but think that when the time comes the Switch will be the console to most benefit from the transition to a digital marketplace. The Nintendo Switch both offers immediate access and ultimate portability.

Here is the 2017 Amazon.com best-selling video games list of only software titles:

  1. Super Mario Odyssey
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn
  5. Call of Duty: WWII (PS4)
  6. Call of Duty: WWII (Xbox One)
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Pokémon Ultra Sun
  9. Pokémon Ultra Moon
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U)

Here is the 2017 Amazon.com best-selling video games list of all video game related equipment:

  1. $20 PlayStation Store gift card
  2. $10 PlayStation Store gift card
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. 1-year Playstation Plus membership
  5. $50 PlayStation Store gift card
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
  8. Nintendo Switch (Gray Joy-Cons)
  9. DualShock 4 wireless controller
  10. Xbox One wireless controller
  11. 1-month PlayStation Plus membership
  12. $60 PlayStation Store gift card
  13. $100 PlayStation Store gift card
  14. Nintendo Switch (Neon Joy-Cons)
  15. Horizon Zero Dawn
  16. Call of Duty: WWII (PS4)
  17. Call of Duty: WWII (Xbox One)
  18. Nintendo Switch Pro controller
  19. $10 Xbox gift card
  20. Splatoon 2

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