Hogwarts Legacy Is Already The Best-Selling Game Of 2023 In The US
The Circana results for the month of February 2023 are in, with Hogwarts Legacy topping the charts.
Circana released its monthly video game sales report for February 2023 in the United States. It offers a breakdown of the best-selling games, consoles, and other video game hardware, and is ranked by dollar sales. Most notably, Hogwarts Legacy topped the sales charts, and was the best-selling game of February and of 2023 overall, so far.
February 2023 US Video Game Market Thread from Circana - Consumer spending on video game content, hardware and accessories totaled $4.6B, 6% higher when compared to a year ago. Video game hardware (+68%), accessories (+13%) and content (+1%) all grew compared to February 2022. pic.twitter.com/5oJNFchD33— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) March 29, 2023
Game content, hardware, and accessories reached a total of $4.6 billion in sales during February 2023, which is around 6% high than the same time in 2022. Spending across the board was up from February 2022, with hardware increasing by 68%, accessories up by 13%, and game content up by 1%. Circana says February 2023 marks the highest monthly year-on-year growth since October 2021.
As for mobile spending, the top games were Candy Crush Saga, Roblox, Royal Match, Pokémon Go, Coin Master, Township, Bingo Blitz, Homescapes, Jackpot Party, and Evony. Circana notes that Pokémon Go had an increase in spending of 23% from January 2023 (according to Sensor Tower).
Of the top 20 best-sellers, seven of them were new releases, including Wild Hearts, Like a Dragon: Ishin!, Octopath Traveler II, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, Company of Heroes 3, and Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line. Other notable entries in the top 20 are The Last of Us Part I and the Last of Us Part II, which took the 6th and 18th spots, respectively.
When it comes to hardware, the PS5 was the best-selling platform in February 2023, and year-to-date overall. Hardware spending was up 22% when compared to the same time in 2022. Accessory spending was also up, growing by 13% from February 2022.
You can see the top-selling video games for February 2023 below.
Top 20 Best-Selling Games Of February 2023 In The US
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2023)
- Dead Space (2023)
- Madden NFL 23
- FIFA 23
- The Last of Us Part I
- Elden Ring
- Wild Hearts
- Like a Dragon: Ishin!
- Octopath Traveler II
- God of War Ragnarok
- Mario Kart 8*
- Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet*
- Kirby's Return to Dreamland*
- Company of Heroes 3
- Sonic Frontiers
- The Last of Us Part II
- NBA 2K23*
- Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line
*Digital sales not included
Hogwarts Legacy is developed by Avalanche Software, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game has been embroiled in controversy due to transphobic remarks from Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Although she is not personally involved with its development, she stands to profit from its success. For more, read our in-depth article on how Rowling's comments have impacted the trans community. In this article, you will also find links to trans creators you can support, as well as charities you can donate to.
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