February 2022 NPD: Elden Ring is a crushing blow

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Elden Ring is not just a buzz anymore. The game is over and a certified huge hit, according to industry tracking company The NPD Group. It is also part of the gaming group that has led the industry to $4.67 billion in total sales. While that has been a year over year decline, it is still historically high compared to previous years. Here are the full results:

February 2022 sales in dollars, in millions February 2021 February 2022 they change
Total video game sales $4,671 4,384 dollars -6%
Video game content (full game physical and digital, DLC/MTX and subscription consumer spending across console, cloud, mobile*, mobile, PC, and VR platforms)) 4071 dollars $3,908 -4%
Video game consoles 406 dollars $295 -27%
Video Game Accessories $194 $180 -7%

“Consumer spending in February 2022 on video game hardware, content, and accessories was down 6% compared to last year, to $4.4 billion,” said NPD analyst Matt Piscatella. “Decreases occurred across all major spending categories, with appliances showing the largest percentage decline year-over-year. Public spending to date was $9.1 billion, down 4% compared to the same time period last year.”

Hardware is one of the biggest slowdown factors in sales. Like last year, both Microsoft and Sony are in high demand for their new consoles. But unlike last year, neither company had much supply to meet demand.

The program was also broken. This appears to be related to a hardware issue. As people picked up the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in February 2021, they also bought a lot of games. In February 2022, they did the same thing, but again, fewer people were able to pick up these consoles.

Let’s move on to software sales charts.

February 2022 NPD: The 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 is involved. For example, Nintendo does not share first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not offer sales from Battle.net.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales — not the number of units sold. This is for full game sales and does not include in-game spending.

Rank Ranking last month February 2022 Top 20 Games (physical and complete digital game from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers on Digital Leader board) are rated on dollar sales publisher
1 the new elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 the new The Second Horizon: The Forbidden West Sony (Corp)
3 1 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* nintendo
4 the new Dying Light 2: Stay Human* Square Enix Inc (Corp)
5 the new Total War: Warhammer III Sega
6 2 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
7 4 Madden NFL 22 electronic arts
8 8 Mario Kart 8 * nintendo
9 7 FIFA 22 electronic arts
10 13 Maine Craft Many video game manufacturers
11 6 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
12 15th Mario Party Superstars * nintendo
13 16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* nintendo
14 19 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate * nintendo
15th 20 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
16 57 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: Definitive Edition * Many video game manufacturers
17 14 NBA 2K22 * Take-Two Interactive. interactive
18 11 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl * nintendo
19 12 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
20 27 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* nintendo
*Digital sales not included

February featured one round in a sprint among some of the biggest games of the year so far. Dying Light 2, Horizon Forbidden West, and Elden Ring have appeared as Pokémon Legends Arceus enters its second month. Every game has a lot to do with it. Horizon is the sequel to 20 million sellers. Dying Light 2 is also a sequel to a very popular, but also cross-platform game. Elden Ring is one of the most awaited games of all time. And Pokemon is always a bestseller.

But with results, Elden Ring came out on top. More than that, it looks like it probably won’t be soon (even if you were to add digital Pokémon sales for February).

elden ring

FromSoftware, the studio responsible for Elden Ring and Dark Souls, has built its niche audience into something massive. But with the Elden Ring, you can no longer even call it a proper place. This is the new trend.

“Elden Ring debuted as the best-selling game in February 2022 and 2022 to date,” said Piscatella. Elden Ring’s launch month sales were the second-highest sales of any title released in the past 12 months, trailing only Call of Duty: Vanguard, which was released in November 2021. After one month on the market, Elden Ring ranked fifth for the game. Bestseller in the 12-month period ending February 2022. Elden Ring ranked #1 on Steam and Xbox in February, while it ranked #2 on PlayStation.”

Forbidden horizon west

Horizon took second place in February also impressive as PlayStation exclusive. Although it is a multi-generational game, it is clear that many fans consider it a must-have for the PS5.

“Horizon Forbidden West was the second best-selling game in February 2022, while also taking the number one spot on PlayStation platforms,” said Piscatella. Dollar sales of the PlayStation 5 version of Horizon II: Forbidden West sets a new record for PlayStation 5 launch month.

Total War: Warhammer III

“Total War: Warhammer III debuted as the #5 best-selling game in February 2022, while also taking the number two spot on Steam,” said Piscatella. The title was also launched as part of the subscription services for PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

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

Rank Ranking last month As of 2022, Top 20 Games (physical and complete digital games from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms of publishers on the Digital Leader board) ranked on dollar sales publisher
1 the new elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 1 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* nintendo
3 the new The Second Horizon: The Forbidden West Sony (Corp)
4 2 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
5 4 Madden NFL 22 electronic arts
6 the new Dying Light 2: Stay Human* Square Enix Inc (Corp)
7 3 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
8 the new Total War: Warhammer III Sega
9 5 God of War (2018) Sony (Corp)
10 6 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
11 8 Mario Kart 8 * nintendo
12 7 FIFA 22 electronic arts
13 13 Maine Craft Many video game manufacturers
14 15th Mario Party Superstars * nintendo
15th 16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* nintendo
16 11 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl * nintendo
17 12 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
18 14 NBA 2K22 * Take-Two Interactive. interactive
19 19 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate * nintendo
20 10 Battlefield 2042 electronic arts
*Digital sales not included

February 2022 NPD: The 10 Best Selling Games of Last Year

Rank Ranking last month 12 months ending February 2022 Top 10 games (physical and full-digital games from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers on Digital Leader board) are rated on dollar sales publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 2 Madden NFL 22 electronic arts
3 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
4 4 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl * nintendo
5 the new elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
6 5 Battlefield 2042 electronic arts
7 8 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
8 7 Mario Kart 8 * nintendo
9 10 Resident Evil: The Village Capcom USA
10 12 FIFA 22 electronic arts
*Digital sales not included

February 2022 NPD: The 10 Best Selling Nintendo Games in the US

Rank Ranking last month February 2022 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Digital Games for Digital Leader Publishers) Ranked by Sales in Dollars publisher
1 1 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* nintendo
2 2 Mario Kart 8 * nintendo
3 4 Mario Party Superstars * nintendo
4 5 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* nintendo
5 6 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate * nintendo
6 3 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl * nintendo
7 8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* nintendo
8 9 Super Mario 3D World * nintendo
9 7 Just Dance 2022 Ubisoft
10 10 New Super Mario Bros. * nintendo
*Digital sales not included

February 2022 NPD: Top 10 best selling PlayStation games in the US

PlayStation platforms
Rank Ranking last month February 2022 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Digital Games for Digital Leader Publishers) Ranked by Sales in Dollars publisher
1 the new The Second Horizon: The Forbidden West Sony (Corp)
2 the new elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
3 the new Dying Light 2: Stay Human* Square Enix Inc (Corp)
4 1 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
5 3 Madden NFL 22 electronic arts
6 2 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
7 4 FIFA 22 electronic arts
8 6 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
9 13 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
10 9 NBA 2K22 * Take-Two Interactive. interactive
*Digital sales not included

February 2022 NPD: Top 10 best selling Xbox console games in the US

Xbox platforms
Rank Ranking last month February 2022 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Digital Games for Digital Leader Publishers) Ranked by Sales in Dollars publisher
1 the new elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 1 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
3 the new Dying Light 2: Stay Human* Square Enix Inc (Corp)
4 2 Madden NFL 22 electronic arts
5 10 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
6 6 Forza Horizon 5 Microsoft (Corp)
7 5 Halo: infinite Microsoft (Corp)
8 9 FIFA 22 electronic arts
9 11 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
10 3 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
*Digital sales not included

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