January Video Game Sales Fall for Third-Straight Month

Sales of new video game titles dipped in January — the third-consecutive monthly decline compared with the previous-year period.

Total sales last month fell 2% to $4.68 billion, from $4.77 billion a year earlier, according to data from The NPD Group. Software sales dropped 4% to $4.1 billion, from $4.27 billion. Accessories declined 15% to $185 million, from $217.6 million a year ago. Hardware sales climbed 22% to $390 million, from $319.6 million a year ago — driven by ongoing sales of the Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series consoles.

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The top-selling game in January included new Pokémon release Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which supplanted Call of Duty: Vanguard as the month’s best seller. Other top sellers included Monster Hunter: Rise, God of War, and Madden NFL 22.

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