Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Tops June NPD Charts, Enjoys Record Launch for Series

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart

The NPD has released data for video game software sales in the United States for the month of June 2021 (via GamesBeat), and there’s been quite a few notable performances. Seeing as Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart was the biggest new release of the month, it’s not surprising that the PS5 exclusive has topped the charts. It enjoyed the highest ever launch for a Ratchet and Clank in terms of dollar sales to date. Launch dollar sales for the game more than doubled those of Ratchet and Clank (2016) (though it’s worth pointing out that Rift Apart is noticeably pricier than the 2016 game). The action platformer enjoyed a similar launch in the UK as well.

Meanwhile, Mario Golf: Super Rush debuted in third place, and similar to Ratchet, it saw the biggest ever launch (in terms of dollar sales) for a Mario Golf game, beating a record previously held by 2003 GameCube title Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. Yet another new release in the charts is Scarlet Nexus, Bandai Namco’s new anime-style action RPG, claiming fifth place upon debut. 

Tony Haw’s Pro Skater 1+2, meanwhile, saw a sudden surge in sales. Thanks to the launch of the game’s Nintendo Switch version, it jumped from No. 51 last month to seventeenth place in June. Meanwhile, Sea of Thieves also enjoyed a similar resurgence, climbing from No. 36 to No. 20, driven by its A Pirate’s Life expansion.

You can check out the top 20 best-selling games in the United States for June 2021 below:

Rank Last Month’s Rank Game
1. NEW Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
2. 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
3. NEW Mario Golf: Super Rush*
4. 3. MLB: The Show 21^
5. NEW Scarlet Nexus
6. 1. Resident Evil Village
7. 7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
8. 10. Minecraft
9. 12. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
10. 6. Mortal Kombat 11
11. 9. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
12. 11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
13. 14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
14. 17. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
15. 13. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury*
16. 2. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
17. 51. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
18. 19. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
19. 20. Pokemon Sword and Shield*
20. 36. Sea of Thieves

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included

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