Mat Piscatella, Video Game Industry Advisor and Executive Director for the NPD Group, tweeted a thread regarding NPD February 2022 sales numbers.
In a surprise to nobody, Elden Ring was the month’s top-selling game. Horizon II: Forbidden West took the second spot, with Pokemon Legends: Arceus rounding out the top three. This wasn’t even close, either. Elden Ring is already the top five best-selling game of the year, one spot ahead of Pokemon Legends.
The entire top ten for the NPD February 2022 is as follows:
|Rank||Rank Last Month||Title||Publisher|
|1||NEW||Elden Ring||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|2||NEW||Horizon II: Forbidden West||Sony (Corp)|
|3||1||Pokemon Legends: Arceus*||Nintendo|
|4||NEW||Dying Light 2: Stay Human||Square Enix Inc (Corp)|
|5||NEW||Total War: Warhammer III||Sega|
|6||2||Call of Duty: Vanguard||Activision Blizzard (Corp)|
|7||4||Madden NFL 22||Electronic Arts|
|8||8||Mario Kart 8*||Nintendo|
|9||7||FIFA 22||Electronic Arts|
|10||13||Minecraft||Multiple Video Game Manufacturers|
*Digital sales not included
It’s been a solid start to the year, and the NPD February 2022 featuring four new games in the top five reflects that. Mario Kart 8, the game that will not die, has a new DLC coming next week. I’d be shocked if that didn’t boost the sales for the title even further.
One interesting note to consider is that 2022 year-to-date spending is down compared to last year. Piscatella mentions supply issues with console hardware being a contributing factor to this.
March should be another busy month for video games. Mario Kart 8 DLC, Gran Turismo 7, next-gen Grand Theft Auto V, Kirby and the forgotten Land, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands are all releasing this month. Will Elden Ring still be the best-selling game of the year, or will a new contender take the crown? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.