It's amazing how at one time in gaming history, there were no ways to download titles onto consoles or handhelds. But with the growth of technology, not only is that possible, it's an important way of life for gamers nowadays. For digital titles helped bring along the indie gaming market, and through that came the rise of many titles. And with the Nintendo Switch, the digital market is more important than ever, which is why every single sales month is important, and for Nintendo's August, a familiar name was supreme in terms of digital sales: Fortnite.


Yep, the popular Battle Royale title has dominated the August sales chart. It did so in June when it debuted at E3 2018 and had over two million downloads in the course of a day. It dipped in July, but that was only because of the arrival of Octopath Traveler. With no big releases in August, Fortnite was free to take the top spot once again. And this is interesting because there are those who think that Fortnite on Switch is "unplayable", but clearly that's not the feeling that most gamers have.

Below is the full chart of digital sales rankings in August.

  1. Fortnite
  2. Hollow Knight
  3. Dead Cells
  4. Overcooked 2
  5. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Rocket League
  7. Okami HD
  8. Minecraft
  9. Stardew Valley
  10. Splatoon 2
  11. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
  12. Paladins
  13. Octopath Traveler
  14. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  15. Arcade Archives Vs. Super Mario Bros.
  16. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  17. Into the Breach
  18. Sonic Mania
  19. Salt and Sanctuary
  20. Fallout Shelter
  21. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  22. Mega Man X Legacy Collection
  23. Mario Tennis Aces
  24. Enter the Gungeon
  25. Super Mario Odyssey
  26. The Messenger
  27. Human: Fall Flat
  28. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  29. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  30. Nine Parchments

As you can see, there are many interesting games that fill up this top 30. Starting near the top, Hollow Knight is No.2, which proves that its success on Switch is not a fluke. Despite releasing on the system a year after the game released on Steam, it sold 250,000 units in two weeks. And those sales are clearly continuing. Moving onto No.3, we have Dead Cells. Another major indie title that the Switch got, but in a fun twist, it was a same-day release as other systems, and according to the team, it's outselling the PS4 version of the game by a ratio of 4-to-1, so its success is going great on Switch.


Another interesting ranking is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at No.5. This was the LAUNCH TITLE for Nintendo Switch, and yet digitally it's doing well enough to get to the No.5 spot. Also impressive Okami HD, which was one of the sole "big releases" for the 3rd Party Library of Switch in August.

All of these rankings prove that gamers are buying games digitally on Switch, regardless of whether they're 1st party, 3rd party, or indie. September is going to have some interesting releases, so next months sales will be just as interesting to look at.

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