US game spending down 2% to $4.7bn in January, says NPD | US monthly charts

Pokémon Legends: Arceus debuts as no.1 on the sales chart followed by Call of Duty: Vanguard and Monster Hunter Rise

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 MonthThis MonthTitle
NEW1Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
12Call of Duty: Vanguard
943Monster Hunter: Rise
44Madden NFL 22
1465God of War (2018)
76Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
117FIFA 22 [EA Sports]
68Mario Kart 8*
NEW9Rainbow Six: Extraction [Tom Clancy's]
510Battlefield 2042
311Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
1412Far Cry 6
914NBA 2K22*
815Mario Party Superstars*
1016Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
1617Forza Horizon 5
218Halo: Infinite
1219Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
2620Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War

*Digital sales not included

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