During January US consumer spending on games reached $4.7 billion, a 2% decline year-over-year according to the latest NPD data.
Consumer spending for the month on hardware however increased 22% year-over-year to $390 million. The market research group said that this is the highest hardware earnings for the month since January 2009's $447 million total.
Among console sales, Sony's PlayStation 5 was the top selling platform for both units and dollars while the Xbox Series systems came in second.
For games, Pokémon Legends: Arceus debuted as No. 1 for January whereas Call of Duty: Vanguard reached second. Capcom's Monster Hunter: Rise rose to become the third best-selling game for the month.
Accessories spending declined by 15% year-over-year, to a total of $185 million during January. The top-selling accessory for the month was the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller.
Here are the US Top 20 (based on dollar sales) for the period between 1/2/2022 through 1/29/2022, courtesy of The NPD Group:
|Last Month||This Month||Title|
|NEW||1||Pokemon Legends: Arceus*|
|1||2||Call of Duty: Vanguard|
|94||3||Monster Hunter: Rise|
|4||4||Madden NFL 22|
|146||5||God of War (2018)|
|7||6||Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales|
|11||7||FIFA 22 [EA Sports]|
|6||8||Mario Kart 8*|
|NEW||9||Rainbow Six: Extraction [Tom Clancy's]|
|3||11||Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*|
|14||12||Far Cry 6|
|8||15||Mario Party Superstars*|
|10||16||Animal Crossing: New Horizons*|
|16||17||Forza Horizon 5|
|12||19||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*|
|26||20||Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War|
*Digital sales not included