NPD: A Dollar Sales Win For The PlayStation 5, A Unit Sales Win For The Switch

In the United States, the PlayStation 5 generated the most revenue despite a lack of stocks, but the Nintendo Switch was the console that sold the most in the first month of 2021.

NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella wrote on Twitter that the PlayStation 5 broke a record that has been present for a dozen years. In January 2009, the Nintendo Wii has set the previous record for being the best-selling platform in the United States in terms of dollar sales. The PlayStation 5’s two versions outperformed the Wii, but then again, the PS5‘s pricing is higher than what the Wii ever costed. However, the Nintendo Switch outsold the PlayStation 5, and its units Sales „the highest of any platform in a January month since the Nintendo Wii in January 2010,” quoting Piscatella.

Video game hardware sales pulled 319 million dollars, which is the highest total in almost a decade, and it is a significant year-on-year increase (144%; due to the coronavirus global pandemic and the arrival of the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles). Consumer spending across hardware, software, and accessories reached 4.7 billion dollars, and it also saw a healthy increase from last year (42%).

Here’s the games’ top twenty for January:

  1.         Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2.         Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  3.         Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  4.         Madden NFL 21
  5.         Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  6.         Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  7.         Ring Fit Adventure
  8.         Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  9.         Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  10. NBA 2K21
  11. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  12. FIFA 21
  13. Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  14. Mortal Kombat 11
  15. Just Dance 2021
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  17. Minecraft: PS4 Edition
  18. Cyberpunk 2077
  19. Super Mario Party
  20. EA Sports UFC 4


We see the usual games at the top, and Nintendo is strongly present (the newest Animal Crossing, Super Smash Bros., and Mario Kart are in the top ten). On PlayStation platforms specifically, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was followed by Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.

We have yet to see what the results would be if there was no lack of stocks, which could persist for the whole year. Would the Switch still end in the lead?

Source: PSL

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