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Black Ops Cold War # 1 Again, Cyberpunk 2077 Drops Hard in January Says NPD



NPD Group has released its complete North American sales data for January 2021, and the industry is off to a warm start to the year. The numbers increased significantly from year to year, and players spent $ 4.7 billion on games, add-on content and hardware. This is an increase of 44 percent compared to January 2020. Looking at hardware, Nintendo and Sony were neck and neck ̵

1; Switch sold the most devices, but the PS5 was top in terms of revenue. Ultimately, this was the biggest January for hardware sales since the Wii heyday in 2009 and 2010.

On the software front, the maps are largely dominated by 2020’s biggest games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The top story is Cyberpunk 2077, which crashes all the way down to # 18 after the game’s troubled December release. The other big story is Hitman 3, which was launched on January 20, but missed the charts completely. The NPD did not receive digital sales from IO Interactive, so that partly explains the absence, but even without them Hitman 3 should have been able to break the top 20. Nevertheless, IO Interactive has said that Hitman 3 is already profitable, so maybe an unusual percentage of the game’s sales were digital, or it simply goes better in Europe and other regions outside of North America.

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Here are the January top 20 games according to the NPD:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  3. 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. Immortal Fenyx Rising
  14. Mortal Kombat 11
  15. Just Dance 2021
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  17. Minecraft (PlayStation 4 Edition)
  18. Cyberpunk 2077
  19. Super Mario Party
  20. UFC 4

As a reminder, these were the 10 best-selling games of 2020:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  6. The Last of Us del II
  7. Ghost of Tsushima
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  9. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  10. Final Fantasy VII Remake

We are still pretty much in the holiday hangover period, with people grabbing hardware and games they failed to get for Christmas. It will be interesting to see how things develop as we move into 2021. What games do you expect to be this year’s bestsellers?




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