Top 10 Best-Selling Games Of 2017 Revealed In The US

Here's which games sold the best during December 2017 and the full year.

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The NPD Group today released its much-anticipated reports covering December 2017 and the full-year 2017 for video game sales--hardware and software-- in the United States. Starting with game sales, Call of Duty: WWII was the best-selling game of the year. NBA 2K18, Destiny 2 (PC sales not included), Madden NFL 18, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (digital sales not included) rounded out the top five. You can see the full Top 10 list below.

For December 2017 alone, Call of Duty: WWII led the way as the best-selling title of the month, followed by Star Wars: Battlefront II, Super Mario Odyssey, NBA 2K18, and Mario Kart 8 in that order. Notably, PUBG also made it into the chart, landing at No. 7. December 2017 marked the eighth year running that a Call of Duty game was No. 1 in December.

For December alone, total spending covering games, hardware, and accessories rose 10 percent to $3.3 billion. For the full year, total spending across all sectors reached $14.6 billion, representing an 11 percent increase compared to the year prior.

Game sales specifically in December amounted to $1.3 billion, up 1 percent, while full-year spending on games rose 4 percent to $6.7 billion. In terms of the total number of packaged video games sold at retail this year, this figure rose from 271 packaged releases in 2016 to 314 in 2017; this represents a 16 percent increase.

The genre that showed the greatest growth of all major genres in 2017 was Racing, which saw sales of its titles jump by 68 percent compared to 2016. The Shooter category, however, drove the most revenue, which makes sense with Call of Duty and Battlefront II on top of the charts.

In terms of hardware, the Nintendo Switch sold the most units in December, but the PlayStation 4 sold the most for all of 2017. In December, spending on hardware rose 27 percent to $1.3 billion, and for the full year, total spend on hardware jumped by an impressive 28 percent, to $4.7 billion.

The NPD Group noted that the PS4 and Xbox One, combined, are on a "record-setting [sales] pace." This is notable given that, before they launched, some questioned if traditional video game consoles were still viable. Clearly, they are.

"Over the first 50 months in market for each console, the combined hardware installed base of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now exceeds that of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by 18 percent, and that of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox by 4 percent," the NPD Group said.

And as Nintendo announced already, the Nintendo Switch sold more consoles in the US over its first 10 months than any platform from any other company in history. December was a strong month for the 3DS, too, reaching the highest since December 2014.

Finally, the Accessories category saw flat sales for December 2017 of $735 million compared to the same month a year ago. For the full year, Accessories sales rose 2 percent to $3.2 billion. For December 2017 and the full year, Sony's black DualShock 4 controller was the top-selling accessory.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games Of December 2017 (All Platforms)

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront II^
  3. Super Mario Odyssey*
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. Mario Kart 8*
  6. Madden NFL 18
  7. PUBG^
  8. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (no digital sales)
  10. GTA V
  11. FIFA 18^
  12. Destiny 2^
  13. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
  14. Splatoon 2^
  15. Need for Speed: Payback^
  16. Xenoblade Chronicles 2*
  17. Just Dance 2018
  18. The Sims 4^
  19. Pokemon Ultra Sun*
  20. Pokemon Ultra Moon*

Top 10 Best-Selling Xbox One Games Of December 2017

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. PUBG
  3. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. Madden NFL 18
  6. Assassin's Creed Origins
  7. GTA V
  8. FIFA 18
  9. Destiny 2
  10. Forza Motorsport 7

Top 10 Best-Selling PS4 Games Of December 2017

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  6. GTA V
  7. FIFA 18
  8. Need for Speed: Payback
  9. Destiny 2
  10. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Top 10 Best-Selling Nintendo Switch Games Of 2017

Digital sales excluded

  1. Super Mario Odyssey
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  6. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  7. Pokken Tournament DX
  8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  9. Arms
  10. Just Dance 2018

Top 10 Best-Selling 3DS Games Of December 2017

Digital sales excluded

  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon
  3. Minecraft
  4. Mario Kart 7
  5. Mario Party: The Top 100
  6. Mario & Luigi Superstar Sage + Bowser's Minions
  7. Super Smash Bros.
  8. Super Mario Maker
  9. Miitopia
  10. New Super Mario Brios. 2

Top 10 Best-Selling Games Of 2017 (All Platforms):

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2^
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront II^
  9. Super Mario Odyssey*
  10. Mario Kart 8*

*Digital sales not included

^PC digital sales not included

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pop2

It's Seems like Only November Sales Made PS4 The Best Selling Console Of 2017 , Cause Switch Was Best Selling Console In Almost 10 Months Of The Year , Isn't It?

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JimClirad

@pop2: PS4 topped Switch a few times between March and November. Worldwide PS4 owns Switch, but in the US the PS4 has been bumping up against Switch.

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Stykman

Awesome that Nintendo is doing so well, I just think it's weird that no one mentions Xbox outsold PS4 last month. Not really a huge deal, but it is noteworthy. Really great time to be a gamer, except for that ever growing back log.

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Alucard1001

Fanboys killed the Xbox one x because of exclusives yet the only exclusive games in the top 10 come from nintendo...

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TiringPillow

Wow Activision had one hell of a year.

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Mogan

I didn't realize Wildlands was that popular. Otherwise that's not a real surprising list. Big AAA franchises tend to do well, connected multiplayer games-as-a-service games are where most of the money is at.

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PCGameboy

3 Nintendo exclusives at Top 10 on a system that has about 10 million units.. Nintendo franchises just sell like crazy.. Horizon Zero Dawn is last, and only exclusive on the PS4 Top 10 list.. Just shown that while Sony fanboys talk about their exclusives all the time, not many buy them..

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gfantini

@pcgameboy: Actually, Sony fans such as myself usually talk about the quality of PS4 exclusives. Is that what you're questioning?

Should we be worried that those games are not breaking sales records? Well, they sell well enough to justify them being made. Cause they keep coming the hell out. Just look at Sony's 2018 lineup. Just… look at it.

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djezhel619

@gfantini: You should replace the word Quality of PS4 exclusives that fanboys talk about, to Quantity.

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gfantini

@djezhel619: Well, that's your opinion. Hope you're happy with your Xbox/PC.

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djezhel619

@gfantini: Nice try withyour ASSumption. This is why i have a Switch, X1, PS4Pro, PC. Nice try.

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gfantini

@djezhel619: Sure you have.

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djezhel619

@gfantini: Yup its called work for what you want. Nothing gets gifted in my world I work for it. I am probably talking to a kid anyway, you'll learn. ;)

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gfantini

@djezhel619: Wow… look at you! Such a mature and well accomplished man. Way to go, buddy! But you really shouldn't waste your time arguing with kids on the internet. Specially when you keep throwing such shallow and pointless comments.

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PCGameboy

@gfantini: Not denying the quality of the exclusives, i own a PS4 myself specifically for their exclusives (primarily a PC gamer, and own a Switch). But it seems they sell just enough to keep going, but not nearly as much as Nintendo exclusives..

I mean they have more iconic IPs too. Mario Odyssey sold about the same as Horizon has since its release in just 3 days.. And Mario Odyssey is on a system with just 10 million units sold, while Horizon is on a system with 70+ million.. Same goes for other Sony exclusives in comparison.

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gfantini

@pcgameboy: Yes, and I never questioned that. What I'm trying to say is that sales numbers matter most to publishers. To us consumers, the concern should be if the games we like are simply viable.

If Horizon didn't break any sales records but did well enough to justify a second iteration, or even another open world IP from Guerrilla, then I'm more than happy.

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PCGameboy

@gfantini: I am sure you are happy, i was just pointing out that Sony exclusives, as much as Sony fans like to boast about them, the far majority do not buy them.. Doesn't mean those games aren't of high quality, just means that many talking about all of Sonys exclusives, probably never played all them.

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gfantini

@pcgameboy: Well, that's one way to look at it. But I offer a different perspective:

These people you call "fanboys" are mostly hardcore gamers. And this type of player is the vast minority of the gaming market. I said minority. Maybe you have a feeling that their market share is much bigger simply because this is the kind of person who reads gaming news and spends time vocalizing their opinions in comments sections just like we're doing right now. You know, the so called "vocal minority".

Granted, the vast majority of gamers just buys a couple games through the whole year. Hell, most of my friends who own a console just buy their yearly iteration of Fifa or COD.

You see, differently from Nintendo, most of Sony's exclusives appeal to the hardcore gamer. And they sell very well within that niche. I'm referring to the likes of Bloodborne, Horizon, Persona and so on so forth. Even franchises with a wider appeal such as Uncharted are primarily single player experiences that pale in comparison to COD, Madden, NBA 2K or Fifa in terms of market potential.

You see where I'm going with this? We Sony fans do buy our games. We do love our exclusives. It just so happens we are a niche market. We're the last standing single player focused gamers. But luckily, we're still a market that is big enough to justify the investment into bringing to light such pearls as The Last of Us, Bloodborne and Horizon. For as long as it lasts.

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PCGameboy

@gfantini: I never said you guys were big, or small, i am just saying that i still doubt everyone who talks about the exclusives actually owns them.. I am positive many just use it as an argument (though it is still a good argument against Xbox whether they have it or not), i just don't believe the exclusives is what sell Sony consoles as much as some people think. People use "PS4 has exclusives, Xbox doesn't" as a way to sway people for the PS4, but in reality as you said, this kind of argument, while true, and valid, is not going to sway most people from it.. This is all i am saying. I own a PC, Switch, and just recently got a PS4. Not an Xbox fanboy at all, just made me realize my view on exclusives besides Nintendo, was correct, that when it comes to exclusives, Nintendo is the only one with IPs that can sell the system itself. Nintendo games cater to everyone both hardcore, and casual, which would be another reason for that too.

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gfantini

@pcgameboy: Alright, I see what you're getting at. But I just cannot agree. I can speak for myself, and I know I just got a PS4 Pro over the Xbox One X because of Sony's exclusives. The X is obviously a much more capable console.

You see, your point makes is very hard to explain why Sony is crushing Microsoft this generation. Sure MS started on the wrong foot but they have ironed out pretty much every wrinkle since then to the point where one could argue the Xbox is a superior platform now. And despite that, Sony keeps beating Microsoft consistently. One could argue that momentum plays a major role, but history has proven that gamers aren't all that faithful.

You're spot on regarding Nintendo. While it's true they're in a class of their own, that just proves that exclusives do push console units. Now, Sony is a step behind Nintendo in terms of exclusives, but Microsoft is a distant third. And if it doesn't explain the whole picture, it must mean something.

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LuxuryHeart

@pcgameboy: Correction, not many people buy hardcore games. The best selling games are generally casual. I think Zelda is one of the few great selling hardcore games.

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mariokart64fan

@luxuryheart: and Mario and Mario kart

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LuxuryHeart

@mariokart64fan: Mario Kart is a casual game along with 2D Mario. 3D Mario is a bit more hardcore, and manages to sell well like Zelda.

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djezhel619

@luxuryheart: 2D mario games are casual? Have you played any or do you just think cuz it looks cartoony, they are not challenging. To me a "Casual" game, is one that takes 4-10 hours to beat and it caters to gamers who dont like difficulty much, no matter how AAA those games are.

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LuxuryHeart

@djezhel619: What? Then I guess Candy Crush is hardcore since it lasts forever...

Casual is ease of play. 2D Mario isn't that hard for many people. 2D Mario and Mario Kart are a unique and great way of combining both casual and semi hardcore. They're easy to play, literally my younger cousin played 2D Mario and Mario Kart, however they're hard to master and FULLY complete.

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PCGameboy

@luxuryheart: I mean after playing Mario Maker levels i disagree that 2D Marios can't be difficult..

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LuxuryHeart

@pcgameboy: Those are people that make it hard intentionally. The original 2D Mario was easy. That's why it sells more compared to 3D Mario (noticeably harder).

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djezhel619

@luxuryheart: 3D Mario games are noticeably alot easier.

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brimmul777

I'm surprised, not many exclusive sold for both X1 and PS4? Shocking to be honest.

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crisc1985

How or why do people continue to buy madden games

And I love football lol

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djezhel619

@crisc1985: For real, same damn game every year since Madden 2001. NFL 2K4 is still a better football sim to this day.

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crisc1985

@djezhel619: the best thing about the 2k series is that they were budget titles shame that EA paid the rights to the NFL or who knows what could have been

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djezhel619

@crisc1985: I hate EA for that. I am or was a big Fifa head up to 17 but starting to realize that its becoming another Madden where nothing big changes every year. Screw EA

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sakaiXx

FIFA 18 over Xenoblade 2... A game released in friggin september... In USA... Yep xenoblade 2 bombed. Oh well not really hoping much for a just okay game anyway.

Its a good year for jrpg tho, persona 5, nier, berseria all scoring well and sold well. Good times. Bless us with another good year 2018!

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LuxuryHeart

@sakaixx: That's because Xenoblade 2 is a hardcore game. Casual games always sell more than hardcore games. That's like comparing the sales of 2D Mario to The Last of Us.

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sakaiXx

@luxuryheart: excuses. The game bombed because there was no interest.

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LuxuryHeart

@sakaixx: Mostly because it's a hardcore games. Hardcore gamers are a minority (fact) which is why hardcore games don't sell as well. Look at the lists. The best selling Sony games are: Gran Turismo, GTA, and Uncharted. The best selling Xbox games are: GTA, Halo, and Forza. The best selling Nintendo games are: 2D Mario, Mario Kart, and Pokemon.

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JimClirad

@luxuryheart: all those Nintendo games are also system sellers, that's why they have huge attach rates. The other reason why they're bundled with systems, because they are system sellers. They don't bundle games with systems to sell the game, they bundle games with systems to sell the system!

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sakaiXx

@luxuryheart: no its not. Its a jrpg and the game is easy, just that it is quite a long jrpg.

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LuxuryHeart

@sakaixx: JRPG games in general don't sell as well as other genres. Even Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts (the top selling JRPG) don't sell as well as the more casual games.

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sakaiXx

@luxuryheart: yes and no. 2017 is jrpg best year with many games selling well and many jrpg hit multi million seller. Xenoblade unfortunately not many takes interest. No bearing on it being hardcore as u claim.

Also FFXV actually sold as much as other open world games. Not gta level of course but a lot.

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LuxuryHeart

@sakaixx: FFXV sold less than Horizon Zero Dawn. Let that sink in... JRPG games don't really sell as well, and it's the truth. Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts sell better compared to their other counterparts, but even they aren't doing as well as the others. Lately western games are the best sellers, save Gran Turismo and Metal Gear. Then again GT is a racing game while MG is an action game. It's kind of weird since on the PS1 AND PS2 Final Fantasy and Tekken were selling like hotcakes, especially Final Fantasy 7.

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sakaiXx

@luxuryheart: uh FFXV was announced to sell over 7 million, faster than any of its previous game in franchise... Even breath of the wild only sold 5m (if news of it selling to %50 switch owner is true) and gamerank just posted horizon sold 4 million physically (5m including digital)

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LuxuryHeart

@sakaixx: My mistake, I looked at an old source. Still, didn't sell as well as Uncharted, GTA, or other Western games. Besides, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, like I stated before, are one of the better selling ones. Xenoblade 2 did decently for a JRPG (which isn't a high selling genre, no matter how inflated FF and KH are). It sold like 168,200 one month in Japan alone. Some people are speculating that it sold a bit over 500k in its first few months, which is good for a niche genre.

Also back to when you said this, "Not gta level of course but a lot." That was kind of my original point. You can't compare Xenoblade, a NEW JRPG, to a casual game that consistently sells. That's like saying Bloodborne is a flop since Mario Kart 8 outsold it. See how ridiculous that sounds?

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sakaiXx

@luxuryheart: its not gta level of couse simply because gta V is the highest selling console video game ever, not even the wii sports game bundled with the wii can beat it. But it does very well in numbers against other open world games like MGS or witcher 3. FFXV not even released on pc yet. Xenoblade is a bomb.

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LuxuryHeart

@sakaixx: Xenoblade 2 is only released on the Switch a console that probably sold like 12-15 million. Compared to FFXV on a console that's like 80+ million sold (I've not kept up with PS4 numbers that much, but I remember someone saying it sold over 80 million). As a matter of fact, you tried to compare the sales of Xenoblade 2, an EXCLUSIVE niche game released on a NEW platform, to a multiplat game released on already out consoles. You made that to prove Xeno 2 was flopping. What sense does that make? That's like trying to compare the sales of Call of Duty to Horizon Zero Dawn, and saying Horizon Zero Dawn is a bomb because it didn't sell as much.

Point is, certain genres sell more than others. It doesn't mean a game is a flop because it didn't sell as much as a casual established franchise. Not that Xenoblade 2 has the best sells in the world, but it's doing decently. Especially for a niche genre on one platform that just came out less than a year ago.

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sakaiXx

@luxuryheart: you are the ones saying final fantasy doesnt sell as well as casual games. I make my point on why the latest game sells, I even differentiate when talking about FF and Xenoblade. Lol do check what I wrote before making your long essay.

Xenoblade 2 bombed, even more japanese ultra niche jrpg like nier from 3rd party studio sells better then a first party game. Its my point when I say jrpg sells millions in 2017.

I get jrpg is not a high selling number. But, its not an excuse for a game to underperform. Good game sells, persona 5 and nier showed that it can sell even with its niche nature.

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LuxuryHeart

@sakaixx: Xenoblade 2 has only been out for a month. Nier has been out for almost a year. Nier has also been released on 2 platforms: PC (which has a large user base) and PS4 (which had over 50 million sales at that time). Compared to a game that is out for a month on a platform with like 16 million sales AT MOST. Persona 5 has been out for well over a year on 2 platforms (PS3 and PS4). How is that in any way comparable?

Final Fantasy doesn't sell as well as the more casual games. GTA, 2D Mario, Mario Kart, Pokemon, Call of Duty, Fifa, or Minecraft. Casual games will always sell more. However, I did say that Final Fantasy was one of the best selling JRPGs along with Kingdom Hearts. I said that their sales are inflated compared to other JRPG games.

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