NPD Group releases charts for best selling games, consoles in January
The NPG Group has released a number of details on how video games and consoles did last month, and here’s a rundown of the results.
In a shocking twist, the best-selling game of January 2021 was—Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War. Crazy, right? Nobody could ever have predicted that. Filling out the top five were a number of other small, niche titles you probably never have heard of, such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Here’s the full list of the top 20 best-selling games:
From there (and with less sarcasm), the specific console charts are pretty uneventful as well. The Nintendo chart is full of evergreen first-party titles, Xbox is strong with popular third-party titles, and PlayStation offers those same multi-platform titles mixed in with Sony exclusives.
Beyond that, NPD Group representative Mat Piscatella gave some additional details on how the industry did in January.
“January 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories achieved a January record $4.7B, 42% higher when compared to a year ago,” Piscatella writes. “Gains were achieved across all spending categories. Sales of video game hardware were 144% higher than January 2020, reaching $319 million. This is the highest total for a January month since the $323 million achieved in January 2011.”
The best-selling hardware for the month will probably also come as no surprise: the Nintendo Switch. With Nintendo’s hybrid still hot, and its two competitors continuing to have supply issues, the Switch won’t be giving up any ground for at least a while longer.
On an interesting final detail, Piscatella noted that the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller was the best-selling accessory of January, while Sony’s Wireless Headset White “was the best-selling Headset/Headphone.”
Source: Mat Piscatella
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