It’s been nearly a year since the COVID-19 became a serious issue in the United States, closing down business, events, and forcing millions to shelter at home. In that time, many of us have turned to video games to occupy our minds and take up the extended free time. We’ve now got numbers that show just how popular video games have been over the last year, as NPD has reported its yearly statistics. According to the company, US citizens spent 42% more on games in January 2021 over January 2020.
The NPD has reported that the United States spent $4.71 billion on games in January 2021. Of course, these numbers were strongly bolstered by the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles, as hardware saw a 144% increase year over year. Despite approaching its fourth birthday, the Nintendo Switch has also continued to see impressive sales numbers.
Jan 2021 US NPD THREAD - January 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories achieved a January record $4.7B, 42% higher when compared to a year ago. Gains were achieved across all spending categories. pic.twitter.com/SMfkfScsMs— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) February 12, 2021
As for the games themselves, a lot of the usual suspects makeup the best-selling titles of January. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War sat at number one, with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Madden 21, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons not too far behind. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was also one of the best-selling titles last month. We recently heard Sony confirm that the game had sold over 4.1 million units.
One of the biggest stories here is Cyberpunk 2077’s fall from the number two game in December, to the 18th best-selling title in January. Of course, this is primarily due to the severe bugs and glitches that hindered the game at launch, rendering it unplayable for some on older consoles. The game was even removed from PSN, and still hasn’t returned to the digital store.
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