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October 2022 NPD: Modern Warfare 2 wins gold at wire


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Gaming hardware sales fell and consumer spending remained on a slight downward trend in October. PlayStation 5 is also selling well, according to industry trackers. NPD Group. Several games that came out in October have also made the bestseller lists, though none did as well as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

October 2022 dollar sales, millions October
2021
October
2022
Change
Total video game sales $4,271 $4,271 0%
Video Game Content (Full Physical & Digital Games, DLC/MTX and Consumer Spending on Subscriptions across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR platforms) $43,642 $43,700 2%
Video game hardware $468 $424 -ten%
Video game accessories $161 $148 -8%
*Mobile spending powered by Sensor Tower

“U.S. consumer spending on video game content, hardware and accessories totaled $4.3 billion in October 2022, unchanged from,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. A year ago”. “Growth in digital sales and subscriptions of video game content on consoles and PC, largely due to the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, was offset by declines. sales of video game hardware and mobile content.”

It’s no surprise that a Call of Duty title is selling like that. What’s more surprising is that hardware and mobile device sales are starting to decline. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles both appear to be selling well, but the aging Switch could explain the drop. Additionally, according to data provided by Sensor Tower, mobile spending in the US will “see a drop for the first time” as it competes with non-mobile releases. move to attract attention.

Dollar Sales as of early 2022, Millions early 2021 early 2022 Change
Total video game sales $46,081 $42,687 -7%
Video Game Content (Full Physical & Digital Games, DLC/MTX and Consumer Spending on Subscriptions across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR platforms) $40,253 $37,186 -8%
Video game hardware $3,876 $3,782 -2%
Video game accessories $1,951 $1,719 -twelfth%
*Mobile spending powered by Sensor Tower

“Year-to-date spending is down 7% from this time in 2021, at $42.7 billion,” Piscatella said.

October 2022 NPD: Top 20 best-selling games of the month in the US

NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but it also receives digital data directly from publishers. Not all companies participate. For example, Nintendo does not share first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not provide its own Battle.net sales.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales – not units sold. And these are sales in the entire game and do not include in-game spending.

Places Last
Month
Places
All platforms publishing company
first NEW Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corporate)
2 NEW Knight of Gotham Warner Bros interaction.
3 first fifa 23 electronic art
4 2 NFL Frenzy 23 electronic art
5 NEW NHL 23 electronic art
6 NEW Mario + Rabbids: Rays of Hope Ubisoft
7 291 character 5 Atlus
8 3 NBA2K23* Take-Two . interaction
9 NEW Bayonette 3* Nintendo
ten 9 Elen’s ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
11 ten Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
twelfth 4 Splatoon 3* Nintendo
13 11 Minecraft Many video game makers
14 NEW Star Ocean: Divine Force Square Enix Inc (Corporate)
15 54 Base Microsoft (Corporate)
16 NEW Dragon Ball: The Breakers Bandai Namco Entertainment
17 NEW 2K23* PGA Award Take-Two . interaction
18 23 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
19 217 NieR: Automatic machine Square Enix Inc (Corporate)
20 14 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
*Does not include digital sales

Some of the games on the list are new releases in October — more than in previous months. There have been enough games this month to make up for the previous relatively slow months in the fall and late summer.

In addition to the new games, at least two games have increased by about 200 points on the list. Persona 5 made one of the biggest comebacks of the year, possibly fueled by the release of the Royal version on next-gen consoles, Switch, and PC. NieR: Automata also has a spike in numbers thanks to its release on Switch.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Bayonetta 3

The new Call of Duty game doing well on the charts isn’t really a surprise, but the success is still remarkable. Based on Activision Blizzard’s number, the game sold $1 billion within 10 days of its launch. The game also launched on October 28, meaning it topped the list of the month with just a few hours left.

Bayonetta 3, also released on the same day as Modern Warfare 2 and also made the list despite its late release. It also works with Switch-only handicaps, and the NPD’s dataset doesn’t include the platform’s digital sales.

Knights of Gotham and other new releases

Gotham Knights also debuted high on the charts — not high enough to beat Modern Warfare 2, but pretty good. While Our review of the game unfavorable, it seems that the game has gained many fans, possibly due to its high intellectual property. It’s also the only game this month other than Modern Warfare 2 to make the 2022 bestseller list so far (see below). The same list also shows how much Call of Duty has sold, with Modern Warfare 2 debuting at #2 and Gotham Knights at #14.

Other new releases that made the charts include the Japanese RPG Star Ocean: The Divine Force and the Mario Mario title + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. Sports titles continue to sell well, with new additions including the NHL 23 and the PGA Tour 2K23.

October 2022 NPD: 20 best selling games of 2022 so far

Places Last
Month
Places
All platforms publishing company
first first Elen’s ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 NEW Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corporate)
3 2 LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga Warner Bros interaction.
4 3 NFL Frenzy 23 electronic art
5 4 Pokémon Legend: Arceus* Nintendo
6 5 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (Corporate)
7 6 MLB: Program 22^ Many video game makers
8 11 fifa 23 electronic art
9 7 Call of duty: Pioneer Activision Blizzard (Corporate)
ten 8 Gran Turismo 7 Sony (Corporate)
11 ten Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
twelfth 9 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
13 twelfth Minecraft Many video game makers
14 NEW Knight of Gotham Warner Bros interaction.
15 13 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
16 15 Holy Goods (2022) plaion
17 14 Frenzy NFL 22 electronic art
18 17 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
19 16 fifa 22 electronic art
20 18 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corporate)
*Does not include digital sales
^Excluding Xbox & Switch digital sales

October 2022 NPD: Top 10 best selling games in the past 12 months

Places Last
Month
Places
All platforms publishing company
first first Elen’s ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 2 Call of duty: Pioneer Activision Blizzard (Corporate)
3 NEW Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corporate)
4 3 LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga Warner Bros interaction.
5 4 Pokémon: Shining Diamond/Shining Pearl* Nintendo
6 6 NFL Frenzy 23 electronic art
7 5 Battlefield 2042 electronic art
8 9 Pokémon Legend: Arceus* Nintendo
9 ten Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (Corporate)
ten 8 Frenzy NFL 22 electronic art
*Does not include digital sales

October 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Nintendo platform games in the US

Places Last
Month
Places
Nintendo Platform publishing company
first NEW Mario + Rabbids: Rays of Hope Ubisoft
2 NEW Bayonette 3* Nintendo
3 NEW character 5 Atlus
4 3 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
5 first Splatoon 3* Nintendo
6 7 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
7 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
8 NEW NieR: Automatic machine Square Enix (Corporate)
9 17 Pokémon: Shining Diamond/Shining Pearl* Nintendo
ten 8 Pokémon Legend: Arceus* Nintendo
*Does not include digital sales

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

Places Last
Month
Places
PlayStation Platform publishing company
first NEW Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corporate)
2 NEW Knight of Gotham Warner Bros interaction.
3 first fifa 23 electronic art
4 2 NFL Frenzy 23 electronic art
5 NEW NHL 23 electronic art
6 3 NBA2K23* Take-Two . interaction
7 NEW Star Ocean: Divine Force Square Enix (Corporate)
8 NEW 2K23* PGA Award Take-Two . interaction
9 4 The Last of Us: Part 1 Sony (Corporate)
ten 7 Elen’s ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
*Does not include digital sales

October 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Xbox games in the US

Places Last
Month
Places
Xbox Platform publishing company
first NEW Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corporate)
2 NEW Knight of Gotham Warner Bros interaction.
3 first NFL Frenzy 23 electronic art
4 2 fifa 23 electronic art
5 NEW NHL 23 electronic art
6 3 NBA2K23* Take-Two . interaction
7 8 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corporate)
8 5 Elen’s ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
9 11 Forza Horizon 5 Microsoft (Corporate)
ten 4 Holy Goods (2022) plaion
*Does not include digital sales

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