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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 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]
5 10 Battlefield 2042
3 11 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
14 12 Far Cry 6
13 13 Minecraft
9 14 NBA 2K22*
8 15 Mario Party Superstars*
10 16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
16 17 Forza Horizon 5
2 18 Halo: Infinite
12 19 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
26 20 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War

*Digital sales not included

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