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June 2022 NPD: Overwatch and Final Fantasy VII return to the top 20

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Consumer spending on gaming continues to trend down year-on-year, according to industry tracking firm The NPD Group. While subscription spending is showing signs of growth, it wasn’t enough to offset the 11% decline in hardware, content, and accessories spending.

June 2022 dollar sales, millions June 2021 June 2022 change
Total video game sales $4,878 $4,335 -11%
Video game content (physical and digital full games, DLC/MTX and subscription consumer editions on console, cloud, mobile*, wearable, PC and VR platforms) $4,271 $3,789 -11%
video game hardware $401 $371 -8th%
Video game accessories $206 $176 -fifteen%
*Mobile editions are provided by Sensor Tower

“In June 2022, consumer spending on video game hardware, content and accessories fell 11% year over year to $4.3 billion,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. “Growth in subscription spending could not offset declines in other areas of content spending, while spending on hardware and accessories also declined.” all platforms. The Nintendo Switch led both in terms of unit sales.

According to data from Sensor Tower, the mobile market is also down slightly, albeit less sharply than in May – down 10.7% in June compared to 12.6% in May. Sensor Tower speculates that the slower decline could be due to the launch of Diablo Immortal, which was in the top 10 on both stores’ sales charts. Google Play saw the largest decline, while the App Store saw modest positive year-over-year growth.

Year-to-date 2022 dollar sales in millions Since the beginning of 2021 YTD 2022 change
Total video game sales $29,287 $26,273 -10%
Video game content (physical and digital full games, DLC/MTX and subscription consumer editions on console, cloud, mobile*, wearable, PC and VR platforms) $25,720 $23,093 -10%
video game hardware $2,345 $2,310 -9%
Video game accessories $1,222 $1,050 -14%
*Mobile editions are provided by Sensor Tower

Piscatella added, “First half spend totaled $26.3 billion, down 10% compared to the same period in 2021. Subscription content is the only major spending category to see spending growth.”

June 2022 NPD: The 20 best-selling games of the month in the US

NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but also receives digital data directly from publishers. Not every company participates. For example, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard doesn’t share its Battle.net sales.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales – not by the number of units sold. And this applies to the sale of full versions of the game and does not include in-game expenses.

rank Last
Month
rank
All platforms publisher
1 1 elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 2 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
3 NEW Mario Strikers: Battle League* Nintendo
4 5 MLB: The Show 22^ Several video game manufacturers
5 57 over watch Activision Blizzard (corp)
6 8th Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
7 3 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
8th 6 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
9 159 Final Fantasy VII: Remake Square Enix Inc (Corp)
10 11 Minecraft Several video game manufacturers
11 7 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (corp)
12 NEW F1 22 Electronic Arts
13 30 Monster Hunter: Ascension Capcom USA
14 56 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles Sega
fifteen 14 Super Smash Bros Ultimate* Nintendo
16 NEW Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes* Nintendo
17 NEW Sonic origins Sega
18 10 Pokémon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
19 NEW The Quarry* Take two interactive
20 28 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony
*Digital sales not included
^Xbox and Switch digital sales not included

No wonder Elden Ring and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga continue to dominate the charts. According to Piscatella, “Elden Ring is among the top 10 best-selling premium games of all time in the US market (in dollar terms).”

New games in the charts

One of the interesting things about this month compared to previous months is how many new games made the top 20 this month. While the charts in April and May consisted mostly of previously released titles, five new games made it in June, the highest since March. This is probably due to the number of interesting new releases, which is probably higher than ever this month. The best-selling new release is Mario Strikers: Battle League, followed by F1 22, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Sonic Origins and The Quarry.

Increase in interest in older titles

The other interesting thing about the June charts is the number of games in the top 20 that previously ranked much lower. For example, Final Fantasy VII: Remake was previously at #159 but has moved up to #9 this month. This is likely due to the announcement of the sequel, among other promotional events in June to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original game. According to Piscatella, Final Fantasy VII: Remake was last in the top 20 in May 2020. Other games are freshly back on the charts, including Overwatch (down from #59) after new details about the sequel; Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles (56th-14th place), which released on the Switch, and Monster Hunter: Rise (30th-13th place), after the launch of the Sunbreak expansion.

June 2022 NPD: 20 best-selling games of 2022 so far

rank Last
Month
rank
All platforms publisher
1 1 elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 2 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
3 3 Pokémon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
4 4 Horizon II: The Forbidden West Sony
5 5 MLB: The Show 22^ Several video game manufacturers
6 6 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (corp)
7 7 Gran Turismo 7 Sony
8th 8th Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
9 9 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
10 10 Madden NFL 22 Electronic Arts
11 13 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
12 12 Minecraft Several video game manufacturers
13 11 fifa 22 Electronic Arts
14 14 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony
fifteen fifteen Monster Hunter: Ascension Capcom USA
16 17 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
17 19 Super Smash Bros Ultimate* Nintendo
18 18 Mario Party Superstars* Pokémon Legends: Arceus*
19 20 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (corp)
20 16 Dying Light 2: Stay Human* Square Enix Inc (Corp)
*Digital sales not included
^Xbox and Switch digital sales not included

June 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

rank Last
Month
rank
All platforms publisher
1 1 elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 2 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (corp)
3 3 Madden NFL 22 Electronic Arts
4 4 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl* Nintendo
5 5 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
6 6 Battlefield 2042 Electronic Arts
7 7 fifa 22 Electronic Arts
8th 8th Far cry 6 Ubisoft
9 9 Pokémon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
10 11 Horizon II: The Forbidden West Sony
*Digital sales not included

June 2022 NPD: Top 10 Best Selling Nintendo Platform Games in the US

rank Last
Month
rank
Nintendo platforms publisher
1 NEW Mario Strikers: Battle League* Nintendo
2 4 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
3 1 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
4 2 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
5 7 Super Smash Bros Ultimate* Nintendo
6 NEW Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes* Nintendo
7 5 Pokémon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
8th 3 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
9 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
10 NEW Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles Sega
*Digital sales not included
(Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) evaluated by revenue in dollars

June 2022 NPD: Top 10 Best Selling PlayStation Platform Games in the US

rank Last
Month
rank
PlayStation platforms publisher
1 2 elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 1 MLB: The Show 22 Sony
3 4 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
4 8th Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony
5 6 Horizon II: The Forbidden West Sony
6 NEW The Quarry* Take two interactive (Corp)
7 57 over watch Activision Blizzard (corp)
8th 18 Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart Sony
9 7 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (corp)
10 5 Gran Turismo 7 Sony
*Digital sales not included
(Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) evaluated by revenue in dollars

May 2022 NPD: Top 10 Best Selling Xbox Platform Games in the US

rank Last
Month
rank
Xbox platforms publisher
1 1 elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 2 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
3 17 over watch Activision Blizzard (corp)
4 NEW F1 22 Electronic Arts
5 4 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (corp)
6 13 Far cry 6 Ubisoft
7 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (corp)
8th 7 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (corp)
9 8th Call of Duty: Black Ops III Activision Blizzard (corp)
10 9 ForzaHorizon 5 microsoft
*Digital sales not included
(Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) evaluated by revenue in dollars

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