US: NPD says Switch was best-selling console in first half of 2022

The NPD Group, which tracks sales of video game software and hardware across the United States, confirmed today that the Nintendo Switch family of systems sold the most units during the first half of 2022. Total spending on video games and consoles in the United States was down 13% from the second quarter of 2021. Hardware and accessories were down 1% and 11%, respectively, but entertainment services subscription to video games have increased.

NPD Group says the top selling games on mobile and console in the first half of 2022 included Among Us, Angry Birds 2, Bingo Blitz, Call of Duty: Warzone, Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Clash of Clans, Coin Master, Diablo Immortal, Elden Ring, Evony: Return of the King, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, Homescapes, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Madden NFL 22, Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, MLB The Show 22, Pokémon GO, Roblox, Royal Match, The Sims 4 and State of Survival.

“Rising prices in everyday spending categories such as food and gas, the return of experiential spending such as travel and attending live events, a lighter release slate of new games, and restraints Continued supply of next-gen console hardware all likely contributed to the observed decline. in the second quarter,” said Mat Piscatella, games industry analyst at The NPD Group. “After a period of sustained growth, consumer spending continues to exceed pre-pandemic levels. However, unpredictable and rapidly changing conditions may continue to have an unexpected impact on the market over the coming quarters. »