Pokemon Legends: Arceus and PS5 Reign in NPD’s January 2022 Charts

Pokemon Legends: Arceus debuts on top of the software charts while Rainbow Six Extraction comes in at No. 9.

Posted By | On 11th, Feb. 2022

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The NPD Group has released data for software and hardware sales in the United States for January 2022 (via GamesBeat), and there are some interesting developments on both fronts. On the software front, unsurprisingly, Pokemon Legends: Arceus has topped the charts, just as it did in the UK and in Japan. Recently, Nintendo announced that the game sold over 6.5 million units in its first week. Meanwhile, fellow Pokemon games, the recently released Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl come in at No. 11 in the NPD charts. 

Rainbow Six Extraction is the only other new release on the charts, coming in at No. 9. Both Monster Hunter Rise and God of War are also back in the charts at No. 3 and No. 3 respectively, and both saw significant jumps thanks to their PC releases. For context, in December, Monster Hunter Rise was ranked 94 in the charts, while God of War was at No. 146. 

Another PlayStation game that’s continuing to enjoy impressive sales is Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The game consistently ranks high in sales charts in the US and in other regions, and it takes sixth place in the January NPD charts. In fact, it is the third best-selling Sony-published game to date in terms of dollar sales, behind only Marvel’s Spider-Man and the aforementioned God of War (2018). As of July last year, Miles Morales had sold over 6.5 million units worldwide- it should be interesting to see where its lifetime sales stand right now.

On the hardware front, the PS5 was the leading console in the US for the month of January, best-selling in terms of both dollar sales and unit sales. Xbox Series X/S ranked second on both fronts- which means the Switch had a relatively more low-key month, ranking third in both dollar and unit sales. 

You can check out the full NPD software charts for January 2022 below. 

No.Game
1.Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
2.Call of Duty: Vanguard
3.Monster Hunter Rise
4.Madden NFL 22
5.God of War (2018)
6.Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
7.FIFA 22
8.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
9.Rainbow Six Extraction
10.Battlefield 2042
11.Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
12.Far Cry 6
13.Minecraft
14.NBA 2K22*
15.Mario Party Superstars*
16.Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
17.Forza Horizon 5
18.Halo Infinite
19.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
20.Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

*Digital sales not included


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