US consumer spending on video game hardware, content and accessories reached a January record $4.7 billion in 2021, according to data from market research firm NPD Group.
Total spending was up 42% compared to January 2020, with content sales hitting $4.17 billion (up 36%), hardware sales generating $319 million (up 144%) and accessories bringing in $222 million (up 73%).
Nintendo’s console sold the most units, with the highest volume of sales for any platform during a January month since Wii in 2010. Nintendo’s system has now been the best-selling console in the US for a record 26 consecutive months.
On the software front, January’s chart was led by 2020’s best-selling game, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The title, which launched in mid-November, already ranks among the top 20 best-selling games in US history, Piscatella said.
Publisher Activision recently announced plans to release a new premium Call of Duty game in the fourth quarter of 2021 and claimed that the Call of Duty franchise has generated $27 billion in lifetime sales since launching in 2003.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla was January’s second best-selling game in the US and is now the second-fastest selling series entry behind Assassin’s Creed 3. The same is true on a worldwide basis, publisher Ubisoft said earlier this week.
PS5’s DualSense controller was the best-selling accessory in January, while PlayStation’s Pulse 3D wireless headset was the best-selling headset.