Gamers didn’t have a lot of new releases to pick up from retailers last month, and that dragged the industry down a little bit.
Consumers spent $605.2 million on new gaming products at United States retailers in January, according to industry-intelligence firm The NPD Group. That is down 4 percent from $627.6 million last year during the same period.
“Recently, hardware declines typically were a result of [Xbox 360 and PS3] generation console and portable declines exceeding growth in [the current] generation hardware sales,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.
“In January 2016, however, the sales of [current] generation consoles declined by 8 percent, despite relatively flat unit sales, as average prices dipped by 6 percent as a result of price cuts that took place between January 2015 and January 2016.”
The NPD’s top ten list combines sales across platforms. If it did not, the number 10 game for the month would have been Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
Nintendo also added in a statement that “sales of Nintendo’s amiibo figures continued on a solid pace in January, with more than half a million figures sold in the United States, according to the NPD Group, which tracks U.S. video game sales. Sales of amiibo jumped 36 percent compared to January 2015. That was enough to push the total number of amiibo sold in the U.S. to more than 12 million since they launched in November 2014.”
With that out of the way, let’s do the game chart.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Lego: Marvel Avengers (PS4, Xbox One, 360, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
- FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)