Best-Selling Games And Consoles Of August 2022 Revealed: Madden And PS5 Top The Charts

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The NPD Group has released its latest monthly sales report, this one covering August 2022, showing which games and consoles sold the best in the US. The report also shines a light on how the US games industry is performing overall.

Total spending across games, consoles, and accessories reached $4.10 billion in the US during August 2022, which was a decline of 5% year-over-year. Year-to-date spending came to $34.6 billion, a 9% year-over-year decline, though it was up by 3% compared to the comparable period in 2020.

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For hardware specifically, the PlayStation 5 was August 2022’s best-selling console overall for both unit and dollar sales. The Switch, however, has sold the most units so far in 2022. NPD added that both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles saw double-digit percentage growth in August 2022 compared to August 2021 due in part to better supply. Total spending on consoles in August 2022 jumped by 14% to $375 million. Year-to-date spending on consoles in the US declined 4% to $2.9 billion.

Shifting to games, Madden NFL 23 was August 2022’s top-selling game overall, and it marked the 23rd straight year that a new Madden game topped the charts during its launch month. After less than a month on the market, Madden NFL 23 became the fifth-best-selling game of 2022 so far.

Saint’s Row was No. 2 in August, followed by Marvel’s Spider-Man in third. Another big move was Horizon Forbidden West, which ranked 12th after a price cut, rising from 28th in July, NPD said. Forbidden West is 2022’s 4th-best-selling game overall so far.

The mobile games category took another big hit during August 2022, with total revenue declining by 10%. NPD said spending on mobile continues to fall as people return to work and spend more time living their lives. Spending on Google Play dropped 22% year-over-year in August, while spending from the App Store declined by 1.2%.

In terms of accessories, the PS5 DualSense Midnight Black controller was August 2022’s best-selling accessory, and the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller remains the best-selling accessory of 2022 so far. Total spending on accessories in the US fell by 18% in August 2022 to $138 million. According to the NPD, gamepad and headset spending declines attributed to the overall downturn. Year-to-date spending on accessories in the US fell by 14% to $1.4 billion.

August 2022 Best-Selling Games In The US

  1. Madden NFL 23
  2. Saints Row
  3. Spider-Man
  4. Elden Ring
  5. MultiVersus#
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Minecraft
  8. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  9. MLB The Show 22^
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 3*
  11. Digimon Survive
  12. Horizon Forbidden West
  13. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  14. Far Cry 6
  15. Soul Hackers 2
  16. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  17. Gran Turismo 7
  18. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  19. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  20. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*

* Digital sales not included

^ Xbox and Switch digital sales not included

# Founder’s Pack Edition sales only

Year-To-Date Top 10 Games

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  3. Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  4. Horizon: Forbidden West
  5. Madden NFL 23
  6. MLB The Show 22^
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Gran Turismo 7
  9. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  10. Mario Kart 8*

* Digital sales not included

^ Xbox and Switch digital sales not included

12 Months Ending August 2022 Top 10 Games

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  5. Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
  6. Battlefield 2042
  7. Far Cry 6
  8. FIFA 22
  9. Pokemon: Legends Arceus*
  10. Horizon: Forbidden West

*Digital sales not included

August 2022 Top 10 Games On Switch

  1. Mario Kart 8*
  2. Xenoblade Chronicles 3*
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  5. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  7. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  8. Digimon Survive
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. Minecraft*

* Digital sales not included

August 2022 Top 10 Games On PlayStation

  1. Madden NFL 22
  2. Saints Row
  3. Horizon Forbidden West
  4. MLB The Show 22
  5. Gran Turismo 7
  6. Elden Ring
  7. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  8. Minecraft
  9. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  10. Soul Hackers 2

* Digital sales not included

August 2022 Top 10 Games On Xbox

  1. Madden NFL 23
  2. Saints Row
  3. Far Cry 6
  4. Elden Ring
  5. MultiVersus#
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  8. Forza Horizon 5
  9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  10. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

* Digital sales not included

# Founder’s Pack Edition sales only

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