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August 2022 NPD: Madden NFL 23 Tops the Charts as Hardware Sales Soar

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Consumer spending on video games reached $4.1 billion in August. According to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, spending is similar to 2020 levels and hardware sales are also increasing. As far as games go, Madden 23 and Saints Row have both topped the charts in their debut month, while Marvel’s Spider-Man has been given a boost thanks to its PC launch.

August 2022 Dollar Sales, Millions August 2021 August 2022 Change
Total video game sales $4,307 $4,104 -5%
Video game content (Physical and digital full game, DLC/MTX and consumer releases for subscriptions on console, cloud, mobile*, portable, PC and VR platforms) $3,812 $3,591 -6%
Video game hardware $329 $375 14%
Video Game Accessories $167 $138 -18%
*Mobile Releases provided by Sensor Tower

“In August 2022, consumer spending on video game hardware, content and accessories fell 5% year-over-year to $4.10 billion,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. “This total is slightly higher than the $4.07 billion total reached during the August 2020 tracking period.”

While 2022 is still a year with less spending than 2021, the numbers are comparable to spending in 2020. In fact, they are slightly higher. They are not goodHowever, most sales have fallen, including mobile sales. Hardware sales, on the other hand, increased by 14%. This is probably due to the improved availability of the console.

Year-to-date 2022 dollars in revenue, millions YTD 2021 YTD 2022 Change
Total video game sales $38,196 $34,601 -9%
Video game content (Physical and digital full game, DLC/MTX and consumer releases for subscriptions on console, cloud, mobile*, portable, PC and VR platforms) $33,592 $30,353 -10%
Video game hardware $2,997 $2,869 -4%
Video Game Accessories $1,607 $1,379 -14%
*Mobile Releases provided by Sensor Tower

Piscatella added: “Year-to-date spending through August 2022 was $34.6 billion, down 9% from the same period in 2021, but 3% higher than the $33.5 billion recorded in the comparable period of 2020 was achieved.”

August 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
Months
Rank
All platforms Publisher
1 NEW ONES Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
2 NEW ONES Saints Row (2022) plaion
3 84 Marvel’s Spider-Man Sony (company)
4 2 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
5 1 MultiVersus# Warner Bros. Interactive
6 7 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
7 9 Minecraft Multiple video game manufacturers
8 3 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
9 6 MLB: The Show 22^ Multiple video game manufacturers
10 4 Xenoblade Chronicles 3* Nintendo
11 8 Digimon Survival Bandai Namco Entertainment
12 28 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
13 5 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
14 18 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
15 NEW ONES Soul Hackers 2 Atlus
16 12 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
17 31 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (company)
18 11 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
19 24 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Multiple video game manufacturers
20 15 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
*Digital sales not included
^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included
Sales of #Founder’s Pack Edition only

The charts in August show the biggest turmoil in months. Elden Ring and LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga have been at the top of the charts since their respective releases, but now they’ve relinquished the top to multiple games. One is the new Saints Row reboot, which is making a good impression in its debut month. Another new game that managed to chart is Soul Hackers 2, the latest RPG from Atlus.

In addition to the new games, several other older games have made a comeback on the charts in recent months. These include Skyrim and Gran Turismo 7. Horizon II: Forbidden West also topped the charts, likely due to discounts on summer sales. Last month’s new releases including Digimon Survive, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and MultiVersus have managed to stay on the charts.

Madden NFL 23 comes in hot

The latest game in the Madden NFL series has taken the top spot, to no one’s surprise. According to Piscatella, this marks the 23rd straight year that a Madden NFL title has topped the charts during its launch month. Madden NFL 22 is still on the best-selling games lists of the year, so it’s no surprise that its successor puts up a good show as well. There is a good chance that this title will become a fixture on the charts for the rest of the year.

Marvel’s Spider-Man waves back with a PC launch

Another game that has made a big comeback is Marvel’s Spider-Man – which went from 84th to 3rd place. There is no mystery behind this; the game launched on Steam and the Epic Games Store in August. Piscatella also noted that it was the August bestseller in Steam’s tracked titles.

August 2022 NPD: 20 Best Selling Games of 2022 So Far

Rank Last
Months
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 NEW ONES Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
6 5 MLB: The Show 22^ Multiple video game manufacturers
7 6 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 7 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (company)
9 8 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
10 9 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
11 11 Minecraft Multiple video game manufacturers
12 10 Madden NFL 22 Electronic art
13 12 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
14 13 FIFA 22 Electronic art
15 14 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (company)
16 16 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
17 15 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
18 17 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
19 18 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
20 19 Mario Party Superstars* Nintendo
*Digital sales not included
^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included

August 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling games of the past 12 months

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

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

Rank Last
Months
Rank
Nintendo platforms Publisher
1 2 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
2 1 Xenoblade Chronicles 3* Nintendo
3 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
4 3 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
5 6 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
6 5 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
7 7 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
8 9 Digimon Survival Bandai Namco Entertainment
9 14 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
10 12 minecraft* Nintendo
*Digital sales not included

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

Rank Last
Months
Rank
PlayStation platform Publisher
1 NEW ONES Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
2 NEW ONES Saints Row (2022) plaion
3 6 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
4 2 MLB: The Show 22 Sony (company)
5 8 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (company)
6 1 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
7 10 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (company)
8 5 Minecraft Microsoft (company)
9 4 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
10 NEW ONES Soul Hackers 2 Atlus
*Digital sales not included

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

Rank Last
Months
Rank
Xbox platforms Publisher
1 NEW ONES Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
2 NEW ONES Saints Row (2022) plaion
3 11 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
4 2 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
5 1 Multiverse# Warner Bros. Interactive
6 3 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
7 8 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 10 Forza Horizon 5 Microsoft (company)
9 7 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
10 5 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
*Digital sales not included
Sales of #Founder’s Pack Edition only

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