Best-Selling Games And Consoles Of January 2021 Revealed (US)

The Nintendo Switch and Call of Duty continue to dominate.

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The NPD Group released its latest monthly report, this one covering the January 2021 period, and the Nintendo Switch and Call of Duty had a big month to help lift up the overall US gaming industry substantially.

Total spending on games, hardware, and accessories reached $4.7 billion, up 42% year-over-year, and representing the biggest revenue in any January since NPD began.

For hardware, the Nintendo Switch was once again the top-selling platform based on units sold, reaching the highest of any console--Nintendo or otherwise--since the Nintendo Wii in January 2010. The PS5, however, drove the most spending in terms of dollars due to its more expensive price point. It reached the highest dollar since for a January month since the Wii in January 2009.

Total spending on hardware rose 144% year-over-year to $319 million, the highest for a January month since January 2011 ($323 million).

In terms of games, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the top-seller in January; it's been the best-selling game each month since it was released in November. It's also now the 20th best-selling game in US history for dollar sales, after just three months.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla was No. 2 in January, and it's now the second fastest-selling game in the series in the US, only behind Assassin's Creed III, when looking at its first three months.

You can see the full list of the top 20 best-sellers for January below.

Moving to another unit, accessories sales rose 73% to a January record of $222 million. The PS5's white DualSense controller was the best-selling accessory in January.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games In The US For January 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  7. Ring Fit Adventure
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  10. NBA 2K21*
  11. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
  12. FIFA 21
  13. Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  14. Mortal Kombat 11
  15. Just Dance 2021
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  17. Minecraft: PS4 Edition
  18. Cyberpunk 2077*
  19. Super Mario Party*
  20. UFC 4

*Digital sales not included

Nintendo Best-Sellers For January 2021

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  3. Ring Fit Adventure
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  5. Super Mario 3D All Stars*
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  7. Just Dance 2021
  8. Super Mario Party*
  9. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  10. Super Mario Odyssey

*Digital sales not included

PlayStation Best-Sellers For January 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. Minecraft: PS4 Edition
  6. Demon's Souls
  7. Ghost of Tsushima
  8. FIFA 21
  9. NBA 2K21*
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

*Digital sales not included

Xbox Best-Sellers For January 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  3. Madden NFL 21
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  5. Forza Horizon 4
  6. NBA 2K21*
  7. Cyberpunk 2077
  8. FIFA 21
  9. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
  10. UFC 4

*Digital sales not included

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