June 2022 NPD: Overwatch and Final Fantasy VII Return to the Top 20

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Consumer spending in games continues to trend downward from last year, according to industry tracking company The NPD Group. While subscription spending is showing signs of growth, this was not 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 game, DLC/MTX and consumer releases for subscriptions on console, cloud, mobile*, portable, PC and VR platforms) $4,271 $3,789 -11%
Video game hardware $401 $371 -8%
Video Game Accessories $206 $176 -15%
*Mobile Releases provided by Sensor Tower

“In June 2022, consumer spending on video game hardware, content and accessories fell 11% from a year ago to $4.3 billion,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. “The growth in subscription spending failed to offset declines in other areas of content spending, while hardware and accessories spending also declined.” The PlayStation 5 generated the highest dollar sales of all platforms in both June and the first half of 2022. The Nintendo Switch led both in terms of unit sales.

According to data from Sensor Tower, the mobile market is also declining slightly, albeit less than in May: it fell 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 ranked in the top 10 sales charts in both stores. Google Play showed the most decline, while the App Store showed a small positive year-over-year growth.

Year-to-date 2022 dollars in revenue, millions YTD 2021 YTD 2022 Change
Total video game sales $29,287 $26,273 -10%
Video game content (Physical and digital full game, DLC/MTX and consumer releases for subscriptions on console, cloud, mobile*, portable, 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 Releases provided by Sensor Tower

Piscatella added, “H1 spend totaled $26.3 billion, a 10% shortfall compared to the same period in 2021. Subscription content is the only major spend category that has seen spending growth.”

June 2022 NPD: Top 20 Best Selling Games of the Month in the US

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

These charts are sorted by dollar sales – not number of units sold. And this is for full game sales 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 ONES Mario Strikers: Battle League* Nintendo
4 5 MLB: The Show 22^ Multiple video game manufacturers
5 57 overwatch Activision Blizzard (Corp)
6 8 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
7 3 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
8 6 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
9 159 Final Fantasy VII: Remake Square Enix Inc (Corp)
10 11 Minecraft Multiple video game manufacturers
11 7 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
12 NEW ONES F1 22 Electronic art
13 30 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
14 56 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles Sega
15 14 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
16 NEW ONES Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes* Nintendo
17 NEW ONES Sonic Origins Sega
18 10 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
19 NEW ONES The quarry* Take Two Interactive
20 28 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (company)
*Digital sales not included
^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included

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

New games in the charts

One of the interesting quirks of this month, as opposed to the previous months, is how many new games made it to the top 20 this month. While the April and May charts were mostly made up of previously released titles, five new games made it to the top in June, the highest since March. This is probably due to the number of interesting new releases, which is arguably higher than it was 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.

Peak of interest in older titles

The other interesting thing about the June charts is the number of games in the top 20 that were previously much lower. For example, Final Fantasy VII: Remake previously ranked 159th, but has risen to 9th this month. This is likely due to the sequel’s announcement, among other promotional events in June to celebrate the original game’s 25th anniversary. According to Piscatella, Final Fantasy VII: Remake last made the top 20 in May 2020. Other games have just returned to the charts, including Overwatch (from 59th to 5th place), following new details about the sequel; Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles (56th to 14th place), which received a Switch release, and Monster Hunter: Rise (30th to 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 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
4 4 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
5 5 MLB: The Show 22^ Multiple video game manufacturers
6 6 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
7 7 Grand Touring 7 Sony (company)
8 8 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
9 9 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
10 10 Madden NFL 22 Electronic art
11 13 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
12 12 Minecraft Multiple video game manufacturers
13 11 FIFA 22 Electronic art
14 14 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (company)
15 15 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
16 17 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
17 19 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
18 18 Mario Party Superstars* Pokemon 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 & Switch digital sales not included

June 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling games of the past 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 art
4 4 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl* Nintendo
5 5 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
6 6 Battlefield 2042 Electronic art
7 7 FIFA 22 Electronic art
8 8 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
9 9 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
10 11 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
*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 ONES 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 ONES Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes* Nintendo
7 5 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
8 3 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
9 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
10 NEW ONES 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) ranked by dollar sales

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 (company)
3 4 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
4 8 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (company)
5 6 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
6 NEW ONES The quarry* Take Two Interactive (Corp)
7 57 overwatch Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 18 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Sony (company)
9 7 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
10 5 Grand Touring 7 Sony (company)
*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) ranked by dollar sales

May 2022 NPD: Top 10 Bestselling 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 overwatch Activision Blizzard (Corp)
4 NEW ONES F1 22 Electronic art
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)
8 7 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
9 8 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Activision Blizzard (Corp)
10 9 Forza Horizon 5 Microsoft (company)
*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) ranked by dollar sales

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