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US spending down 4% despite FIFA 23, NBA 2K23, Splatoon 3 launches | US Monthly Charts

Hardware was the only segment that saw growth, driven by the PlayStation 5

US consumers spent $4.1 billion on games software, hardware and accessories in September 2022, a 4% decrease year-on-year, NPD Group reported in its monthly charts.

However, despite this slight drop, hardware was particularly healthy this September, growing 19% compared to the same period last year. This was primarily driven by PlayStation 5 sales, NPD said.

Here's what you need to know:

The numbers

September 2022

  • Total spending: $4.07 billion, down 4% year-on-year
  • Software: $3.4 billion, down 7%
  • Hardware: $490 million, up 19%


  • Total spending: $38.4 billion, down 8%
  • Software: $33.4 billion, down 9%
  • Hardware: $3.3 billion, down 1%

The highlights

Sales for video game content (which includes physical and digital sales as well as subscriptions and DLC) were down 7% last month compared to 2021, totalling $3.4 billion.

"Content performance was driven by a double-digit percentage gain in non-mobile video game subscription spending, which was offset by declines across other content segments," noted NPD's games industry analyst, Mat Piscatella. "Six new video game releases ranked among the top eight best-selling titles of the month in tracked spending, including (in alphabetical order) FIFA 23, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, The Last of Us: Part I, NBA 2K23, Splatoon 3 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection."

It's unsurprisingly FIFA 23 that took the top spot of the September charts, while NBA 2K23 debuted at No.3 (though it's worth noting that digital sales are not included for Take-Two titles).

Splatoon 3 entered the charts at No.4, while the Last of Us: Part 1 remaster debuted at No.5.

Looking at market figures year-to-date, games sales, including both games content, hardware and accessories, were down 8% to $38.4 billion.

Here are the US Top 20 (based on dollar sales) from August 27 to October 1, 2022, courtesy of the NPD Group:

2 1 Madden NFL 23
3 NEW NBA 2K23*
4 NEW Splatoon 3*
5 NEW The Last of Us: Part I
6 NEW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
7 2 Saints Row (2022)
8 NEW JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
9 4 Elden Ring
10 6 Mario Kart 8*
11 7 Minecraft
12 3 Marvel's Spider-Man
13 8 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
14 16 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
15 24 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
16 12 Horizon II: Forbidden West
17 13 Call of Duty: Vanguard
18 36 Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
19 9 MLB: The Show 22^
20 39 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

* Digital sales not included.
~ Xbox and Switch digital sales not included.
^ Founder's Pack Edition sales only

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Marie Dealessandri: Marie joined in 2019 to head its Academy section. A journalist since 2012, she started in games in 2016. She can be found (rarely) tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate and the Dead Cells soundtrack. GI resident Moomins expert.
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