In early 2016, it was hard to predict how a brand new Star Fox game made in the series’ classic style would fare. It had been awhile since we last saw a new entry in the franchise, much less one that wasn’t a remake or a radical departure from the standard formula. And while only time will tell if Fox and pals still have the long-term and wide appeal that they once did, the newly-released NPD data for April paints a somewhat encouraging picture.

Star Fox Zero was the 10th best selling game on the all-format chart for the month. In the early months of the year, new-release competition generally isn’t particularly stiff, but there are some long-term sellers represented here that still put up a good fight. Here’s the full list:

1.Dark Souls 3 (PS4, Xbox One)

2.Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

3.MLB The Show (PS3, PS4)

4.Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

5.Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

6.Minecraft (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One)

7.Quantum Break (Xbox One)

8.Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

9.NBA 2K16 (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One)

10.Star Fox Zero (Wii U)

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In a list dominated by multi-platform titles, a niche exclusive on a console with a dreadfully low install base making the cut at all is an impressive feat. Switching to the single format (or platform exclusive) list, Star Fox Zero jumps to 5th place, and is joined by 3DS exclusive Bravely Second in 9th.

Hopefully these numbers are enough to prove to Nintendo that Star Fox still deserves a place among its beloved and valuable IP.


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Written by Brittin Shauers

Brittin literally grew up with Link, Mario and Samus. These three characters and their worlds collectively capture everything that he loves about video games.

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