May 2022 NPD: Switch leads sales and Elden Ring retakes the top spot

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After a brief rally last month, hardware sales fell again, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. The constant shortage of consoles with relatively quiet release periods seems to have put the industry in a bit of a recession.

May 2022 sales of millions, millions May 2021 May 2022 Change
Total sales of video games 4,522 3,680 -19%
Video game content (physical and digital full game, DLC / MTX and subscription subscription costs across console, cloud, mobile *, portable, PC and VR platforms) 4,136 3,332 -19%
Video Game Hardware 244 216 -11%
Video Game Accessories $ 142 131 -7%
* Mobile charges provided by the sensor tower.

Consumer spending on video game hardware, materials and accessories fell 19% to $ 3.7 billion in May 2022 from a year earlier, said NPD analyst Matt Pisketella. “This is the lowest monthly cost the industry has achieved since February 2020 ($ 3.5 billion).”

However, this should not come as a great surprise. Following a number of major releases earlier this year, the summer did not see many significant game launches. It’s also hard to come by the console. But with Nintendo Switch leading the way in hardware sales, gamers are still spending money.

Year-to-date sales of 22 2022 million YTD 2021 YTD 2022 Change
Total sales of video games 24,409 21,938 -10%
Video game content (physical and digital full game, DLC / MTX and subscription subscription costs across console, cloud, mobile *, portable, PC and VR platforms) 21,449 19,305 -10%
Video Game Hardware 1,944 1,759 -9%
Video Game Accessories $ 1,017 875 -14%
* Mobile charges provided by the sensor tower.

“Year-to-date spending has reached 21.9 billion, down 10% from the same period in 2021. Subscription content is the only category showing growth in year-over-year costs,” Pisketella said.

May 2022 NPD: Top 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 does not share its first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not offer its Battle.net sales.

This chart is sorted by dollar sales – not the number of units sold. And this full-game is for sale and does not include in-game costs.

Order The last
Mass
Order
All platforms Publisher
1 2 Alden Ring Bandhai Namko Entertainment
2 1 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
3 5 Nintendo Switch Sports * Nintendo
4 New Evil Dead: The Game Saber Interactive
5 3 MLB: The Show 22 Multiple video game makers
6 4 Kirby and the Forgotten Land * Nintendo
7 6 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 8 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
9 9 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (Corp)
10 10 Pokemon Legends: Archie * Nintendo
11 11 Minecraft Multiple video game makers
12 7 Horizon II: Restricted West Sony (Corp)
13 16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons * Nintendo
14 14 Super Smash Bros. Final * Nintendo
15 13 Call of Duty: Black Ops: The Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
16 12 FIFA 22 Electronic Arts
17 18 Mario Party Superstars * Nintendo
18 45 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl Nintendo
19 23 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
20 34 The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim Multiple video game makers
* Digital sales are not included
વેચાણ Xbox and Switch digital sales not included

Dominated shortly after Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Elden Ring is back as the best-selling game of the month. According to Pisketella, it was the best-selling game on Steam and Xbox and the second-best game on PlayStation. The Lego title has been forced to take the silver medal, but Horizon: Forbidden West has taken the biggest drop from Grace, out of the top 10 altogether.

Evil Dead: The Game

The only new game to appear on the best-selling charts in May was Evil Dead: The Game. While the game is good, the fact that it is the only title to appear on the list is more than a lack of releases than an abundance of low-selling ones. Vampire: The Masquerade – Manny was a release slate with other debuts, including games such as Swansong, Track to Yomi, and Salt and Sacrifice.

Pisketella guessed Twitter That high cost of everyday expenses can affect even a small number. Consumers also return to “experiential costs” as opposed to buying things like games.

The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim

Surprisingly, Skyrim reappeared in the top 20 for the first time since November 2017. Around In the peripheral sense since it started ten years ago, its spike in the top 20 is still a bit of a surprise.

One possible reason, according to Pisketella, is the release of the steam deck. Another possibility is that Bethesda RPG fans are self-medicating with a familiar game following Starfield’s announced delay.

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

Order The last
Mass
Order
All platforms Publisher
1 1 Alden Ring Bandhai Namko Entertainment
2 2 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
3 3 Pokemon Legends: Archie * Nintendo
4 4 Horizon II: Restricted West Sony (Corp)
5 5 MLB: The Show 22 Multiple video game makers
6 7 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
7 6 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (Corp)
8 8 Kirby and the Forgotten Land * Nintendo
9 10 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
10 9 Madden NFL22 Electronic Arts
11 11 FIFA 22 Electronic Arts
12 13 Minecraft Multiple video game makers
13 33 Nintendo Switch Sports * Nintendo
14 12 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
15 15 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
16 14 Dyeing Light 2: Be Human Square Enix Inc. (Corp.)
17 17 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo
18 16 Mario Party Superstars * Nintendo
19 18 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo
20 20 Call of Duty: Black Ops: The Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
* Digital sales are not involved
વેચાણ Xbox and Switch digital sales not included

May 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling games of 12 months

Order The last
Mass
Order
All platforms Publisher
1 1 Alden Ring Bandhai Namko Entertainment
2 2 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
3 3 Madden NFL22 Electronic Arts
4 4 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond: Shining Pearls * Nintendo
5 6 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
6 5 Battlefield 2042 Electronic Arts
7 8 FIFA 22 Electronic Arts
8 7 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
9 10 Pokemon Legends: Archie * Nintendo
10 11 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
* Digital sales are not included

May 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Nintendo-Platform games in the US

Order The last
Mass
Order
Nintendo platforms
(Physical and full game digital from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) Rank on dollar sales
Publisher
1 3 Nintendo Switch Sports * Nintendo
2 2 Kirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo
3 1 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
4 4 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
5 5 Pokemon Legends: Archie * Nintendo
6 7 Animal Crossing: New Horizons * Nintendo
7 6 Super Smash Bros. Final * Nintendo
8 8 Mario Party Superstars * Nintendo
9 16 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl * Nintendo
10 9 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild * Nintendo
* Digital sales are not included

May 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling PlayStation-platform games in the US

Order The last
Mass
Order
PlayStation Platforms
(Physical and full game digital from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam and Xbox platforms for publishers in the digital leader panel) ranked on dollar sales
Publisher
1 2 MLB: The Show 22 Sony (Corp)
2 3 Alden Ring Bandhai Namko Entertainment
3 New Evil Dead: The Game Saber Interactive
4 1 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
5 5 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (Corp)
6 4 Horizon II: Restricted West Sony (Corp)
7 6 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 7 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
9 11 Ghost of Sushima Sony (Corp)
10 14 Minecraft Microsoft (Corp)
* Digital sales are not included

May 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Xbox-platform games in the US

Order The last
Mass
Order
Xbox Platforms (Physical and Full Game Digital for Publishers in Digital Leader Panel from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox Platforms) Rated on Dollar Sales Publisher
1 2 Alden Ring Bandhai Namko Entertainment
2 1 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
3 New Evil Dead: The Game Saber Interactive
4 3 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
5 4 Call of Duty: Black Ops: The Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
6 9 FIFA 22 Electronic Arts
7 6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 10 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Activision Blizzard (Corp)
9 5 Forza Horizon 5 Microsoft (Corp)
20 7 Halo: infinite Microsoft (Corp)
* Digital sales are not included

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