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US game spending down 5% to $4.3bn in January, says NPD | US monthly charts

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 topped the sales chart while EA's Dead Space debuted as number 2

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During January, US consumer spending on games reached $4.3 billion, a 5% decline year-over-year, according to the latest NPD data.

Software comprised most of the month's revenue (88%), with game content reaching $3.79 billion in January.

Consumer spending for the month on hardware was flat year-over-year at $393 million.

Among console sales, Sony's PlayStation 5 was the top-selling platform for both units and dollars. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch was second across the same categories.

For game sales, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was number one for January, whereas EA's Dead Space reached second. Madden NFL 23, another EA title, rose to become the third best-selling game for the month.

Accessory spending declined by 14% year-over-year to a total of $165 million during January. The PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller Midnight Black was the top-selling accessory for the month.

Here are the top 20 selling games from the period of January 1 to January 28, data courtesy of NPD:

1 1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
2 NEW Dead Space
3 4 Madden NFL 23
4 5 FIFA 23
5 NEW Fire Emblem Engage*
6 7 Elden Ring
7 NEW Forspoken
8 3 God of War: Ragnarok
9 NEW One Piece Odyssey
10 2 Pokémon: Scarlet/Violet*
11 36 The Last of Us: Part One
12 6 Sonic Frontiers
13 68 Monster Hunter: Rise
14 9 Mario Kart 8*
15 14 Minecraft
16 8 Need for Speed: Unbound
17 12 Just Dance 2023 Edition
18 11 NBA 2K23*
19 21 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
20 27 NHL 23

* Digital sales not included

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