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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Nintendo Switch are the biggest sellers in 2019 – NPD

By Sherif Saed,
Friday, 17 January 2020 11:00 GMT

2019 is over and its biggest winners are hardly surprising.

The NPD Group has revealed the winners of December 2019 and the full year in its latest industry report for America. In December, the industry generated $3 billion across software, hardware and accessories, a 15% drop compared to December 2018.

$14.6 billion was the games industry’s entire revenue as tracked by NPD in 2019, itself a 13% drop compared to 2019.

Hardware

Hardware continued to decline overall in December, dropping 17% compared to the year before. The segment made $973 million during December, and $3.9 billion in 2019 overall. The only console that managed any gains was Nintendo Switch, becoming the de facto top-seller (dollar sales) in December.

Switch is also 2019’s best-selling console. PS4, on the other hand, was the best-selling console of the decade.

Software

Likewise, software sales also saw a decline in December, by 13%. It was still enough to make $1.1 billion, or $6.6 billion for the entire year. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was December’s best-selling game (dollar sales) for three months running.

Modern Warfare is also the year’s best-selling game, now 11 years in-a-row. The series is so massive, in fact, that ten out of 15 best-selling games in the past decade have been Call of Duty games.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order came in at number two in December, and ranked at number six overall this year in dollar sales. Nintendo games did pretty well in 2019, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe both ranking in the top ten.

Read on below for the December top ten based on dollar sales, and the 2019 top ten.

NPD all platforms December 2019

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Luigi’s Mansion 3
  6. Pokemon Sword
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  9. Pokemon Shield
  10. Minecraft

NPD PS4 December 2019

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Need for Speed: Heat
  6. GTA 5
  7. FIFA 20
  8. Death Stranding
  9. Spider-Man
  10. The Outer Worlds

NPD Xbox One December 2019

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. GTA 5
  6. FIFA 20
  7. Borderlands 3
  8. Need for Speed: Heat
  9. Red Dead Redemption 2
  10. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

NPD all platforms full year 2019

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Borderlands 3
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  8. Kingdom Hearts 3
  9. The Division 2
  10. Mario Kart 8

NPD all platforms full decade (2010-2019)

  1. GTA 5
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  6. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2
  8. Call of Duty: WWII
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  10. Minecraft

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