October 2022 NPD: Modern Warfare 2 takes gold

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Gaming hardware sales have fallen and consumer spending continues to show a slight decline in October. The PlayStation 5 is also selling well, according to industry-tracking company The NPD Group. Several games launched in October have also made the bestseller list, but none have fared 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 (Physical and digital full game, DLC/MTX and consumer releases for subscriptions on console, cloud, mobile*, portable, PC and VR platforms) $43,642 $43,700 2%
Video game hardware $468 $424 -10%
Video Game Accessories $161 $148 -8%
*Mobile Releases provided by Sensor Tower

“U.S. consumer spending on video game content, hardware and accessories totaled $4.3 billion in October 2022, flat compared to a year ago,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. “The growth in digital sales and subscriptions for console and PC video game content, driven largely by the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, was offset by declines in sales of mobile content and video game hardware.”

It’s not exactly a surprise that a Call of Duty title sold so well. It’s more of a surprise that cell phone and hardware sales are starting to decline. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles both seem to be selling well, but the aging Switch could explain the dip. Furthermore, according to the data provided by Sensor Tower, mobile spending in the US will “fall for the first time ever” as it competes with non-mobile releases for attention.

Year-to-date 2022 dollars in revenue, millions YTD 2021 YTD 2022 Change
Total video game sales $46,081 $42,687 -7%
Video game content (Physical and digital full game, DLC/MTX and consumer releases for subscriptions on 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 -12%
*Mobile Releases provided by Sensor Tower

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

October 2022 NPD: Top 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 participates. For example, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party sales and Activision Blizzard doesn’t deliver its Battle.net sales.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales – not number of units sold. And this is for full game sales and does not include in-game expenses.

Rank Last
Month
Rank
All platforms Publisher
1 NEW ONES Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 NEW ONES Gotham Knights Warner Bros. Interactive
3 1 FIFA 23 Electronic art
4 2 Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
5 NEW ONES NHL 23 Electronic art
6 NEW ONES Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Ubisoft
7 291 Persona 5 Atlus
8 3 NBA 2K23* Take-Two Interactive
9 NEW ONES Bayonetta 3* Nintendo
10 9 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
11 10 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
12 4 Splatoon 3* Nintendo
13 11 Minecraft Multiple video game manufacturers
14 NEW ONES Star Ocean: The Divine Power Square Enix Inc (Corp)
15 54 grounded Microsoft (company)
16 NEW ONES Dragon Ball: The Breakers Bandai Namco Entertainment
17 NEW ONES PGA Tour 2K23* Take-Two Interactive
18 23 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
19 217 NieR: Vending Machines Square Enix Inc (Corp)
20 14 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
*Digital sales not included

Several of the games on the list were new releases in October — more than in previous months. Enough games have been played this month to make up for the relatively slow months earlier in the fall and late summer.

In addition to the new games, at least two games jumped around 200 places on the list. Persona 5 has made one of the biggest comebacks of the year, probably prompted by the release of the Royal Edition on next-gen consoles, Switch and PC. NieR: Automata also got a boost in numbers thanks to its release on Switch.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Bayonetta 3

The new Call of Duty game that’s doing well on the charts isn’t exactly a surprise, but its success is worth noting. According to Activision Blizzard figures, the game has sold $1 billion in resale within 10 days of launch. The game also launched on October 28, meaning it managed to top the list of the month with just a few hours left.

Bayonetta 3, which also launched on the same day as Modern Warfare 2 and also made the list despite its late debut. It also worked with the handicap that it is exclusive to the Switch and that the NPD’s dataset does not include the digital sales of the platform.

Gotham Knights and other new releases

Gotham Knights also debuted high on the charts – not high enough to fire Modern Warfare 2, but still pretty good. While our review of the game wasn’t favourable, it seems that the game did well with fans, probably because of its high-profile IP. It’s also the only other game other than Modern Warfare 2 to make the 2022 best-selling list so far this month (see below). The same list also shows how much more Call of Duty has been sold as Modern Warfare 2 debuted in 2nd place and Gotham Knights in 14th.

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

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

Rank Last
Month
Rank
All platforms Publisher
1 1 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 NEW ONES Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
3 2 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
4 3 Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
5 4 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
6 5 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
7 6 MLB: The Show 22^ Multiple video game manufacturers
8 11 FIFA 23 Electronic art
9 7 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
10 8 Grand Touring 7 Sony (company)
11 10 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
12 9 Kirby and the Forgotten Land* Nintendo
13 12 Minecraft Multiple video game manufacturers
14 NEW ONES Gotham Knights Warner Bros. Interactive
15 13 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
16 15 Saints Row (2022) plaion
17 14 Madden 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 (company)
*Digital sales not included
^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included

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

Rank Last
Month
Rank
All platforms Publisher
1 1 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
2 2 Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
3 NEW ONES Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
4 3 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Interactive
5 4 Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl* Nintendo
6 6 Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
7 5 Battlefield 2042 Electronic art
8 9 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
9 10 Horizon II: Forbidden West Sony (company)
10 8 Madden NFL 22 Electronic art
*Digital sales not included

October 2022 NPD: Top 10 Best Selling Nintendo Platform Games in the US

Rank Last
Month
Rank
Nintendo platforms Publisher
1 NEW ONES Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Ubisoft
2 NEW ONES Bayonetta 3* Nintendo
3 NEW ONES Persona 5 Atlus
4 3 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
5 1 Splatoon 3* Nintendo
6 7 Nintendo Switch Sports* Nintendo
7 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
8 NEW ONES NieR: Vending Machines Square Enix (Corp)
9 17 Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl* Nintendo
10 8 Pokemon Legends: Arceus* Nintendo
*Digital sales not included

October 2022 NPD: Top 10 Best Selling PlayStation Platform Games in the US

Rank Last
Month
Rank
PlayStation platforms Publisher
1 NEW ONES Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 NEW ONES Gotham Knights Warner Bros. Interactive
3 1 FIFA 23 Electronic art
4 2 Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
5 NEW ONES NHL 23 Electronic art
6 3 NBA 2K23* Take-Two Interactive
7 NEW ONES Star Ocean: The Divine Power Square Enix (Corp)
8 NEW ONES PGA Tour 2K23* Take-Two Interactive
9 4 The Last of Us: Part 1 Sony (company)
10 7 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
*Digital sales not included

October 2022 NPD: Top 10 Best Selling Xbox Platform Games in the US

Rank Last
Month
Rank
Xbox platforms Publisher
1 NEW ONES Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 NEW ONES Gotham Knights Warner Bros. Interactive
3 1 Madden NFL 23 Electronic art
4 2 FIFA 23 Electronic art
5 NEW ONES NHL 23 Electronic art
6 3 NBA 2K23* Take-Two Interactive
7 8 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
8 5 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
9 11 Forza Horizon 5 Microsoft (company)
10 4 Saints Row (2022) plaion
*Digital sales not included

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