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Call of Duty, Nintendo Dominate December, 2021 Video Game Sales

The NPD Group has released the top 10 charts for both December and 2021 year in total video game sales. Both Call of Duty and Nintendo headline the list. While the charts include retail and digital sales, Nintendo and Xbox did not make their digital video game sales counts available.

It’s been a great year for Nintendo. They dominated video game sales in Japan and enjoyed success in the UK. Mario Kart 8, to no one’s surprise, appeared in the top ten for both monthly and annual video game sales.

Halo: Infinite’s success is surprising given the game is available on Xbox Game Pass. Given Black 4 Blood’s spot as the 2nd best-selling game in October, this isn’t that much of a surprise. The one caveat there is that it’s a multiplatform release.

As a reminder, despite Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the deal won’t go into effect until mid-2023 at the earliest.

Call of Duty, Nintendo Dominate December, 2021 Video Game Sales
Photo Credit: Activision Blizzard

The complete charts are available below, per NPD Group.

Top 10 Selling Video Game Sales (Retail and Digital), December 2021

RankRank Last MonthTitlePublisher
11Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
2NEWHalo: InfiniteMicrosoft (Corp)
33Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*Nintendo
45Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
52Battlefield 2042Electronic Arts
613Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
712Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
86Mario Party Superstars*Nintendo
910NBA 2K22*Take-Two Interactive
1015Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo

*Digital sales not included
^ Xbox Digital sales not included

Top 10 Selling Video Game Sales (Retail and Digital), 2021

Rank TitlePublisher
1 Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
2 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
3 Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
4 Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*Nintendo
5 Battlefield 2042Electronic Arts
6 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
7 Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
8 Resident Evil: VillageCapcom USA
9 MLB: The Show 21^Sony (Corp)
10 Super Mario 3D World*Nintendo

*Digital sales not included
^ Xbox Digital sales not included

Written by Jake Valentine

I am the Editor-In-Chief of BossLevelGamer. I'm also a lover of video games, food, and beer.

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