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Gaming NewsFeb 21, 2019 at 7:03a PSTby Adrian Werner

Kingdom Hearts 3 and Switch Dominate US Market in January

In January, the US gaming market was dominated by Kingdom Hearts III and the Nintendo Switch console. Also, the survival horror Resident Evil 2 fared very well.

Kingdom Hearts III okazało się największą premierą stycznia. - 2019-02-21
Kingdom Hearts III turned out to be the biggest release of January.

The NPD analytics have released a sales report summarizing the results of the US gaming market for January, this year. Sales of consoles, accessories and non-second-hand copies of boxed games generated $893 million, down 19% when compared to the first month of 2018. Traditionally, we would like to remind you that the figures do not give a full picture of the condition of the industry, as they do not take into account the trade in used game copies, and the NPD still does not have complete data from digital distribution and microtransactions.

Games

In January, the Americans spent $427 million on new PC and console games, which is an 18% decrease compared to the same period last year. Last month has seen an abundance of major releases. Productions such as Resident Evil 2, Kingdom Hearts III and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe did exceptionally well. The 2018, however, opened with the spectacular launch of Monster Hunter: World, which turned out to be a huge success.

Games that generated the bihhest revenue in January:

#

Game:

1.

Kingdom Hearts III

2.

Resident Evil 2

3.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

5.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

6.

Red Dead Redemption II

7.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

8.

NBA 2K19

9.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

10.

Grand Theft Auto V

11.

Madden NFL 19

12.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

13.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

14.

Battlefield V

15.

Super Mario Party

16.

Minecraft

17.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

18.

Marvel's Spider-Man

19.

FIFA 19

20.

Super Mario Odyssey

In the case of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Party and Super Mario Odyssey the results did not include digital sales. The revenue of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Battlefield V, FIFA 19, Madden NFL 19 and Minecraft does not include digital copies of PC editions.

Kingdom Hearts III scored the best launch in the history of the brand and generated 2.5 times more revenue than the previous record holder of the series, i.e. Kingdom Hearts II released on PlayStation 2.

Resident Evil 2 also did a great job. In the case of this remake, the revenue achieved in the month of the release was almost three times higher than in the case of the 1998 original.

Bandai Namco Enterainment also has reasons to be satisfied. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown had the best launch in the history of the brand.

Games that generated the biggest revenue in the period from February 1, 2018 to January 21, 2019:

#

Game:

1.

Red Dead Redemption II

2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

3.

NBA 2K19

4.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

5.

Madden NFL 19

6.

Marvel's Spider-Man

7.

Far Cry 5

8.

God of War

9.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

10.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

In this case, the digital sales of Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well as digital copies of the PC versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII and Madden NFL 19 were not included in the results.

Games that generated the biggest revenue on individual platforms in January:

PlayStation 4:

#

Game:

1.

Kingdom Hearts III

2.

Resident Evil 2

3.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

4.

Red Dead Redemption II

5.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

6.

NBA 2K19

7.

Marvel's Spider-Man

8.

Grand Theft Auto V

9.

Madden NFL 19

10.

Battlefield V

Xbox One:

#

Game:

1.

Resident Evil 2

2.

Kingdom Hearts III

3.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

4.

Red Dead Redemption II

5.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

6.

Sea of Thieves

7.

NBA 2K19

8.

Battlefield V

9.

Madden NFL 19

10.

Grand Theft Auto V

Switch:

#

Game:

1.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

2.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

3.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

4.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

5.

Super Mario Party

6.

Super Mario Odyssey

7.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

8.

Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee

9.

Splatoon 2

10.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Traditionally, the entire Switch console listing has been based solely on box sales, as Nintendo does not share digital distribution results with the NPD group.

3DS:

#

Game:

1.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story A'Bowser Jr's Journey

2.

Ultra Sun defeat

3.

Mario Kart 7

4.

Luigi's Mansion

5.

Super Smash Bros.

6.

Ultra Moon defeat

7.

Super Mario 3D Land

8.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

9.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

10.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Also in the case of the Nintendo 3DS, the list includes only box sales.

Hardware

In January, console sales alone generated 199 million dollars of revenue (down by 28%). Last month belonged definitely to Nintendo Switch, which won both in terms of the number of copies sold, as well as revenue.

In addition, last month Americans spent $267 million on accessories, a 12% drop compared to January 2018.

  1. NPD Group official website
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