Top 20 Best-Selling Games In The US For January 2018

Monster Hunter: World tops the charts.


The NPD Group today released its report for January 2018 video game sales in the United States, covering games and hardware. In terms of game sales, Monster Hunter: World was the top-selling title of the month on the all-platforms chart. Rounding out the top five were Dragon Ball: Fighter Z, Call of Duty: WWII, PUBG, and Grand Theft Auto V.

You can see the full chart below, along with platform-specific charts for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, along with another one for the best-selling games on a trailing 12-month period. Note that while these NPD reports now factor in some digital sales, not every publisher shares this information, as you'll see in the charts below.

Monster Hunter: World also topped the Xbox One and PS4 charts, while the game overall enjoyed the best launch month ever for the Monster Hunter series in the US. The No. 2 game, Dragon Ball: Fighter Z, had the franchise's best launch-month sales since 2002's Dragon Ball Z: Budokai.

Total video game sales in the US during January amounted to $517 million, which is up significantly (51 percent) compared to last year. In fact, January game sales were the highest since January 2011 ($549 million).

On the hardware side, spending on consoles reached $278 million for January 2018, which is an increase of an incredible 119 percent. The NPD Group said the uptick in sales was driven by the gains that Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 posted during the month. The $278 million spend on hardware in the US during the month was the highest since January 2011 ($323 million).

All three systems "performed well," the NPD Group said. It was a tight race, as the gap between the top-selling platform (which was not disclosed) and third place was just 3 percent based on dollar sales.

Overall, covering games and hardware, total video game spending in the US for January 2018 came to $1.1 billion. That represents an impressive 59 percent surge compared to January 2017.

January 2018 Top 20 All Platforms

*Titles marked with an asterisk do not include digital sales*

  1. Monster Hunter World
  2. Dragon Ball: Fighter Z
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. PUBG*
  5. GTA V
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. Super Mario Odyssey*
  8. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. Madden NFL 18
  11. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
  12. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  13. EA Sports UFC 3
  14. Rainbow Six Siege
  15. FIFA 18*
  16. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
  17. The Sims 4*
  18. Splatoon 2*
  19. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
  20. Need for Speed: Payback*

January 2018 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. PUBG
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. Dragon Ball: Fighter Z
  5. GTA V
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Assassin's Creed Origins
  10. EA Sports UFC 3

January 2018 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Dragon Ball: Fighter Z
  3. Call of Duty: WWII
  4. GTA V
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. Madden NFL 18
  7. Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  9. EA Sports UFC 3
  10. FIFA 18

January 2018 Top 10 Nintendo Switch

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

January 2018 Top 10 3DS Games

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

Top 10 Selling Games for the trailing 12-Month Period

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

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