July may be have been quiet for new releases, but it wasn’t very quiet on the video game spending front.
The NPD has published its report for the US market across retail, and some digital channels, covering the games business for the month of July. Consumer spending on hardware, software, and accessories amounted to $4.6 billion over the course of July, a 10% increase over last year.
Hardware, in particular, saw the most growth, with a whopping 98% dollar sales jump compared to July last year, up to $323 million. NPD said this is the highest since July 2008, and the third highest July overall.
PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in dollar sales during July, and Nintendo Switch was the highest in unit sales. The Switch remains the year’s best-selling in both unit and dollar sales.
On the software side, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword came in at number one in dollar sales, making it the first Nintendo-published game to lead the month since Super Mario 3D world in February.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War took the second spot in July, and its lead over 2021 remains unshaken. Black Ops Cold War also topped the individual charts for both PlayStation, and Xbox in July.
The number three spot went to Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. In July alone, sales were over three times as many as Monster Hunter Stories’ lifetime sales.
Read on below for the top ten games across all platforms in July.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War.
- Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.
- Mario Kart 8.
- Mario Golf: Super Rush.
- MLB: The Show 21.
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.