NPD Group has revealed its list of the top 20 best-selling games for the first half of 2022, with a mix of old and new titles dominating sales so far.
The first half of 2022 has seen a lot of popular games released. The long-awaited Elden Ring took the world by storm when it was finally released in late February with Sony launching Horizon Forbidden West just a week earlier. Nintendo also released new installments in many of its major franchises with Pokemon Legends: Arceus in January and Kirby and the Forgotten Land in March. Now, a new report from the NPD Group has revealed what products are on sale. Best run of 2022 so far.
NPD Group has become one of the gaming industry’s most trusted sources of sales statistics with monthly statistics. The previous monthly leaderboard has seen highly anticipated games like Pokemon Legends: Arceus and Elden Ring regularly top the charts with titles like LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Now, the latest report from NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella offers a look at the first 6 months of 2022 with a mix of old and new games dominating the charts.
The report posted by Piscatella on Friday shows that Elden Ring unsurprisingly took the title of best-selling game throughout the first half of 2022 after leading a few months since its release. Following the Elden Ring are LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Pokemon Legends: Arceus with the Top 5 being Horizon Forbidden West and MLB The Show 22. MLB’s high track record is particularly impressive given that leaderboards are not included. digital sales of baseball games on Xbox or Switch. Below is a list of the best-selling games in the first half of 2022.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Horizon Forbidden West
MLB The Show 22
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Gran Turismo 7
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Mario Kart 8
Madden NFL 22
Nintendo Switch Sports
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Monster Hunter: Rise
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mario Party Superstars
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
Dying Light 2: Stay Human
Crossing the Top 5, the rest of the list is a mix of both new games released this year and older games that continue to post impressive sales. Mario Kart 8 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons are both in the top 20 at number 9 and 16 respectively, likely bolstered by their recent DLC releases. Monster Hunter Rise is also in the Top 20 finishing at 15th with the game having just received the PC version and its first major expansion in this year’s Sunbreak. Nintendo led all publishers throughout the first half of 2022 with seven games in the rankings.
While the first half of 2022 has seen many major releases, the gaming industry still has a lot to offer players throughout the second half. Nintendo will continue to see some of the major franchises receive new products through the end of 2022 with Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Pokemon launching sequels. The Saints Row reboot is slated to launch next month, and Fall promises popular releases like God of War: Ragnarok and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
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