The numbers for video game sales in the United States for January 2020 are out and they are not good for the video game industry as a whole. The obvious lack of compelling software caused this month’s sales to drop 31% year over year to just $311 million. Remember that last year, Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3 both led the way, along with strong sellers like New Super Mario Bros. You Deluxe at the desk. Anyone with a keen interest in video games can tell you that this spring has been exceptionally slow due to the lack of blockbusters we’ve become accustomed to in recent years.

The numbers for video game hardware have gotten even worse! They fell 35% year over year, from $199 million the previous year to $129 million. This is to be expected as new systems like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will hit store shelves later this year. Most retailers regularly lower the price of the Xbox One X by $150 (from $499 to $349), and even this doesn’t seem to attract new buyers. Contributions for props and playing cards were $238 million, compared to $268 million in the prior year. Adding up all these figures, total revenue was $678 million, down 26% from the previous year’s $918 million. Ouch!

With previous generations of consoles, we expected a steady decline in hardware and software prices. Although the PS4 and Xbox One S sold for just $199 on Black Friday, the steady drop in prices has been the missing link in this console cycle. In fact, there was only a permanent price adjustment for PS4 from $399 at launch to $299 today. It’s incredible when you consider how long the console has been on sale. One can’t help but wonder how many more copies could be sold if they could permanently raise the price to $199.

The Nintendo Switch is once again leading the way in hardware sales. This is not a big surprise, given its continued popularity and relative newness compared to competing systems. Unfortunately, the Switch could not surpass its huge sales in January 2019, with a year-over-year decline. That’s partly because there’s no new software this month, but also because the hybrid has improved with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which came out a month ago.

As for February, there don’t seem to be any big games this month and we can expect similar results (less than last year). As tax returns begin to reach customers, perhaps this will help boost sales in late February and March, when some high-profile games like Animal Crossing are released: New Horizons and Forever Rock.

Data provided by VentureBeat :

January 2020 Top 20 best selling games

NPD tracks physical retail sales, but also sources digital data directly from publishers. But not all companies are participating. For example, Nintendo is not sharing its first batch of digital sales, and Activision Blizzard is not making its sales available to Battle.net. These charts are sorted by dollar sales, not number of units sold.

  1. Dragon Ball Z: Persimmon
  2. The call of duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Star Wars Jedi: The fallen order
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. NBA 2K20
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  8. Mario Kart 8
  9. The adventure of assembling a ring
  10. Red Dead Redemption II
  11. Minecraft
  12. The Pokémon Sword
  13. House of Luigi 3
  14. Star Wars: Battle II 2017
  15. The legend of Zelda: The breath of nature
  16. We need speed: Heat
  17. FIFA 20
  18. Dance 2020
  19. Mortal Kombat 11
  20. Pokémon Shield

* Digital sales not included
^ Steam sales not included
^ Minecraft digital sales included on Xbox and PlayStation

Sales of tracked video game software fell 31% in January from the previous year to $311 million, Piscatella said. This drop is due to a new release, as Kingdom Hearts III and Resident Evil 2 both launched in January 2019, a similar month.

Dragon Ball Z: Parsley

Goku emerged victorious in January, and Kakarot is one of the best-selling games in the franchise.

Dragon Ball Z: Persimmon was a January best seller, Piscatella said. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s launch month sales were the third highest in franchise history, surpassed only by Dragon Ball : Fighter and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai.

Service Call: Modern warfare

Call of Duty, on the other hand, continues to dominate sales.

The call of duty: Modern Warfare was the second best-selling product in January and remains the best-selling product in the last 12 months, Piscatella said.

Grand larceny machine M

GTA V is an eternal favorite. Mapping will probably continue long after human society has disappeared from the face of the earth.

Grand Theft Auto V is back in the top 5 bestsellers for the first time since August 2019, Piscatella said. Grand Theft Auto V remains the best-selling video game in U.S. history.

Ring installation adventure

Nintendo didn’t release any big games in January, but word of mouth is helping Ring Fit Adventure climb to the top of the charts.

Ring Fit Adventure jumped to 9th place on the bestseller list in January, Piscatella said. This is the highest rated Ring Fit adventure to date.

Top 10 of last 12 months

  1. The call of duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Borderland 3
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Star Wars Jedi: The fallen order
  7. Tom Clancy – Section Two
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. Mario Kart 8

Top 10 Xbox One games in January 2020

  1. Dragon Ball Z: Persimmon
  2. The call of duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Star Wars Jedi: The fallen order
  5. NBA 2K20
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Star Wars: Battle II 2017
  8. Red Dead Redemption II
  9. We need speed: Heat
  10. FIFA 20

Top 10 PS4 games in January 2020.

  1. Dragon Ball Z: Persimmon
  2. The call of duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Star Wars Jedi: The fallen order
  6. NBA 2K20
  7. We need speed: Heat
  8. Minecraft
  9. FIFA 20
  10. Red Dead Redemption II

Top 10 Nintendo Switch games in January 2020

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. The adventure of assembling a ring
  4. The Pokémon Sword
  5. House of Luigi 3
  6. The legend of Zelda: The breath of nature
  7. Pokémon Shield
  8. The new Super Mario Bros. Luxury.
  9. ♪ Super Mario Party ♪
  10. Dance 2020

Source : VentureBeat]

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published in various media. He is currently an editor and contributor to Age of Games.

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