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NPD February 2022: A Lot of People Bought Elden Ring

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:

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RankRank Last MonthTitlePublisher
1NEWElden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
2NEWHorizon II: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)
31Pokemon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo
4NEWDying Light 2: Stay HumanSquare Enix Inc (Corp)
5NEWTotal War: Warhammer IIISega
62Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
74Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
88Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
97FIFA 22Electronic Arts
1013MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers
Source: NPD Group
*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.

NPD February 2022: A Lot of People Bought Elden Ring
Photo Credit: Bandai Namco

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.

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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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