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NPD January 2022: #1 Pokemon Legends, #2 COD, #3 Monster Hunter ; PS5 #1 in Units + Revenue, Xbox #2 in Units + Revenue


State of the market
January 2022 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories declined 2% when compared to a year ago, to $4.7B. A double-digit percentage gain in hardware spending could not offset declines in content and accessories spending.

US NPD HW - Video game hardware dollar sales increased 22% when compared to January 2021, reaching $390 million. This is the highest total for a January month since the $447 million total reached in January 2009.

PlayStation 5 was the best-selling hardware platform of January 2022 in both units and dollars. Xbox Series ranked 2nd across both measures.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus was January's best-selling game. It joined Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl (#11) on the best-selling titles chart for the month.

Monster Hunter: Rise (#3 in January, up from #94 in December) and God of War (#5 in January, #146 a month ago) both featured Steam launches during January 2022, which drove their respective gains.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales ranked as the 6th best-selling game of January. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales now trails only Marvel's Spider-Man and God of War (2018) in lifetime dollar sales for Sony published titles since 1995.

Sensor Tower US Mobile - U.S. mobile game spending was down 6.8% year-over-year last month. This signaled a return to pre-pandemic revenue trends after the market witnessed unprecedented year-over-year and month-over-month growth throughout most of 2020 and 2021. Prior to spring 2020, January usually saw negative month-over-month growth, as was the case last month. In fact, January revenue generation saw a decline when compared to December for six consecutive years leading up to 2020.

Software charts

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January 2022 spending on video game accessories declined 15% when compared to a year ago, to $185 million.

The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller was the best-selling accessory of January 2022.

Thanks Mat Piscatella!
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