September 2022 NPD: Top Sports Games Hits, Hardware Sales Soar

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While the failure continues for the gaming industry beyond 2021, hardware sales look particularly promising. According to industry tracking company The NPD Group, hardware spending has risen, while annual spending is still negative. Sports games are also taking their place as fall’s best-sellers, as is typical. Other new games are hitting the top of the charts, including Splatoon 3 and The Last of Us Part 1.

September 2022 Dollar Sales, Millions September
2021
September
2022
Change
Total video game sales $4,260 $4,073 -4%
Video game content (physical and digital full game, DLC/MTX and consumer releases for subscriptions on console, cloud, mobile*, wearable, PC and VR platforms) $3,676 $3,408 -7%
Video game hardware $410 $490 19%
Video Game Accessories $174 $174 0%
*Mobile Releases provided by Sensor Tower

“U.S. consumer spending on video game content, hardware and accessories reached $4.1 billion in September 2022, down 4% from the same month a year ago,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella.

The increase in hardware sales is largely due to the greater range of the PlayStation 5. It’s not as hard to find as before, and it ranked first in both unit and dollar sales. Hardware has been one of the areas of constant growth in recent months.

Year-to-date 2022 dollars in revenue, millions YTD
2021
YTD
2022
Change
Total video game sales $41,800 $38,398 -8%
Video game content (physical and digital full game, DLC/MTX and consumer releases for subscriptions on console, cloud, mobile*, wearable, PC and VR platforms) $36,611 $33,486 -9%
Video game hardware $3,408 $3,359 -1%
Video Game Accessories $1,781 $1,554 -13%
*Mobile Releases provided by Sensor Tower

Piscatella added: “To date, total video game spending for content, hardware and accessories is now 8% lower than in 2021 at $38.4 billion.”

September 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 NEW ONES FIFA 23 Electronic art
2 1 Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
3 NEW ONES NBA 2K23* Take-Two Interactive (Corp)
4 NEW ONES Splatoon 3* Nintendo
5 NEW ONES The Last of Us: Part 1 Sony (company)
6 NEW ONES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection Konami Digital Ent.
7 2 Saints Row (2022) plaion
8 NEW ONES JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Bandai Namco Entertainment
9 4 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
10 6 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
11 7 Minecraft Multiple video game manufacturers
12 3 Marvel’s Spider-Man Sony (company)
13 8 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
14 16 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
15 24 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
16 12 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
17 13 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
18 36 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
19 9 MLB: The Show 22^ Multiple video game manufacturers
20 39 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Bandai Namco Entertainment
*Digital sales not included
^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included

The list of best-selling games is everywhere this month – a mix of new releases and lower-ranked games taking a leap in the rankings. It’s no longer just Elden Ring and LEGO Star Wars that dominate the charts, as they have for most of the year. Last month’s release Saints Row continues to score well, and Marvel’s Spider-Man still scores high (sorry) on the PC release.

Some of the older games that get a rank boost are Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. The new interest in Valhalla probably comes from a recent update, as well as Ubisoft’s conference in early September, which revealed the future of the AC franchise. Likewise, Bandai Namco brought news of updates to Kakarot during the recent Tokyo Game Show, which is probably why it has moved up a few ranks as well.

FIFA 23

You may see a theme for the games at the top of the list. Madden, NBA and FIFA games are all there, making it quite a sporty month. However, this is no surprise. If you look at NPD’s charts for September 2021, the same three franchises are in the top three (not in the same order). It is also the swan song of the FIFA game series, which will live under the new title EA Sports FC.

Splatoon 3

Several new games are on the list this month, including Splatoon 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cobabunga Collection, The Last of Us Part 1, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. Since these are all linked to popular franchises, it’s no surprise that they did well. Notably, Splatoon 3 sold several million copies in Japan within three days of its launch. The above ranking is particularly impressive as Nintendo does not include digital sales in its ranking.

September 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 5 Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
4 3 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
5 4 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
6 6 MLB: The Show 22^ Multiple video game manufacturers
7 7 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 8 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (company)
9 9 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
10 10 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
11 NEW ONES FIFA 23 Electronic art
12 11 Minecraft Multiple video game manufacturers
13 13 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
14 12 Madden NFL 22 Electronic art
15 21 Saints Row (2022) plaion
16 14 FIFA 22 Electronic art
17 16 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
18 15 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (company)
19 18 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
20 17 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
*Digital sales not included
^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included

September 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 4 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
4 5 Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl* Nintendo
5 6 Battlefield 2042 Electronic art
6 13 Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
7 7 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
8 3 Madden NFL 22 Electronic art
9 9 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
10 10 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
*Digital sales not included

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

Rank Last
Month
Rank
Nintendo platforms Publisher
1 NEW ONES Splatoon 3* Nintendo
2 NEW ONES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection Konami Digital Ent.
3 1 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
4 3 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
5 4 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
6 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
7 7 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
8 5 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
9 9 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
10 NEW ONES JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Bandai Namco Entertainment
*Digital sales not included

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

Rank Last
Month
Rank
PlayStation platforms Publisher
1 NEW ONES FIFA 23 Electronics Art
2 1 Madden NFL 23 Electronics Art
3 NEW ONES NBA 2K23* Take-Two Interactive (Corp)
4 NEW ONES The Last of Us: Part 1 Sony (company)
5 2 Saints Row (2022) plaion
6 NEW ONES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection Konami Digital Ent.
7 6 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
8 3 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
9 NEW ONES JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Bandai Namco Entertainment
10 5 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (company)
*Digital sales not included

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

Rank Last
Month
Rank
Xbox platforms Publisher
1 1 Madden NFL 23 Electronics Art
2 NEW ONES FIFA 23 Electronics Art
3 NEW ONES NBA 2K23* Take-Two Interactive (Corp)
4 2 Saints Row (2022) plaion
5 4 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
6 NEW ONES JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Bandai Namco Entertainment
7 NEW ONES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection Konami Digital Ent.
8 7 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
9 12 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
10 6 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
*Digital sales not included

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