May 2022 NPD: Switch tops sales and Elden Ring regains number one

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After a brief rally last month, device sales have fallen again, according to industry tracker The NPD Group. The persistence of console scarcity combined with a relatively quiet release period appears to have put the industry in a bit of a slump.

May 2022 Dollar sales, in millions May 2021 May 2022 they change
Total video game sales $4,522 3,680 USD -19%
Video game content (full game physical and digital, DLC/MTX and subscription consumer spending across console, cloud, mobile*, mobile, PC, and VR platforms)) $4136 $3,332 -19%
Video game consoles $244 $216 -11%
Video Game Accessories $142 $131 -7%
* Mobile spending is provided by Sensor Tower.

“Consumer spending in May 2022 on video game consoles, content, and accessories is down 19% compared to last year, to $3.7 billion,” said Matt Piscatella, an analyst at NPD. “This is the lowest total monthly spending the industry has achieved since February 2020 ($3.5 billion).”

However, this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. After the many massive releases earlier this year, the summer didn’t see the release of many significant games. Consoles are also hard to come by. But gamers are still spending money, with the Nintendo Switch topping hardware sales.

Year to date 2022 Sales in dollars, in millions Since the beginning of the year 2021 Since the beginning of 2022 they change
Total video game sales 24,409 dollars $21938 -10%
Video game content (full game physical and digital, DLC/MTX and subscription consumer spending across console, cloud, mobile*, mobile, PC, and VR platforms)) $21,449 19,305 dollars -10%
Video game consoles 1944 dollars $1,759 -9%
Video Game Accessories $1,017 $875 -14%
* Mobile spending is provided by Sensor Tower.

“Public spending to date was $21.9 billion, down 10% compared to the same period in 2021. Subscription content is the only category showing year-over-year spending growth,” Piscatella said.

May 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 else
Month
Rank
All platforms publisher
1 2 elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 1 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
3 5 Nintendo Switch Sports* nintendo
4 the new Evil Dead: The Game Saber Interactive
5 3 MLB: Show 22 ^ Many video game manufacturers
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: Arceus* nintendo
11 11 Maine Craft Many video game manufacturers
12 7 The Second Horizon: The Forbidden West Sony (Corp)
13 16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* nintendo
14 14 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate * nintendo
15th 13 Call of Duty: Black Ops: 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 Scrolls V: Skyrim Many video game manufacturers
*Digital sales not included
^ Xbox & Switch digital sales are not included

Shortly after Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Elden Ring is back on top as the best-selling game of the month. According to Piscatella, it was the best-selling game on Steam and Xbox, and the second best-selling game on PlayStation. The Lego title was forced out for the silver, but Horizon: Forbidden West had its biggest drop of grace, out of the top ten 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’s the only title to appear on the list is caused more by the lack of releases than by the abundance of low-selling ones. It may have a lighter release slate, with other debuts including games like Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, Trek to Yomi, and Salt and Sacrifice.

Piscatella speculated on Twitter The higher cost of daily spending may also have an effect on the lower numbers. Consumers are also returning to “trial spending” rather than purchasing items such as toys.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Oddly enough, Skyrim reappeared among the top 20 for the first time since November 2017. While Skyrim Around In a peripheral sense since its launch more than ten years ago, the uptick in the top 20 is still a bit of a surprise.

One possible reason for this, according to Picatella, is the launch of Steam Deck. Another possibility is that Bethesda RPG fans are treating themselves to a familiar game after Starfield’s announced delay.

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

Rank else
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 The Second Horizon: The Forbidden West Sony (Corp)
5 5 MLB: Show 22 ^ Many video game manufacturers
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 NFL 22 electronic arts
11 11 FIFA 22 electronic arts
12 13 Maine Craft Many video game manufacturers
13 33 Nintendo Switch Sports* nintendo
14 12 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
15th 15th Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
16 14 Dying Light 2: Stay Human Square Enix Inc (Corp)
17 17 Animal Crossing: New Horizons nintendo
18 16 Mario Party Superstars * nintendo
19 18 Super Smash Bros. nintendo
20 20 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
*Digital sales not included
^ Xbox & Switch digital sales are not included

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

Rank else
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 arts
4 4 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond: Shining Pearl* 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: Arceus* nintendo
10 11 Mario Kart 8 * nintendo
*Digital sales not included

May 2022 NPD: The 10 best selling Nintendo console games in the US

Rank else
Month
Rank
Nintendo consoles
(Physical and complete digital game from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers on Digital Leader Panel) Ranked by sales in dollars
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: Arceus* nintendo
6 7 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* nintendo
7 6 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate * 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 not included

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

Rank else
Month
Rank
PlayStation platforms
(Physical and complete digital game from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers on Digital Leader Panel) Ranked by sales in dollars
publisher
1 2 MLB: Show 22 Sony (Corp)
2 3 elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
3 the 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 The Second Horizon: The Forbidden 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 Tsushima Sony (Corp)
10 14 Maine Craft Microsoft (Corp)
*Digital sales not included

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

Rank else
Month
Rank
Xbox platforms (physical and complete digital games from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox publishers on Digital Leader Panel) are rated on dollar sales publisher
1 2 elden ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 1 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
3 the new Evil Dead: The Game Saber Interactive
4 3 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
5 4 Call of Duty: Black Ops: 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 not included

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